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Contaminated Land Group: NAPL in the UK CONTEXT, does it matter?

06 November 2019
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Conference, Specialist Group
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Contaminated Land Group, 2019 Year of Carbon
The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre, Birmingham
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NAPL in the UK context, does it matter?

One day conference at The Priory Rooms meeting and conference centre

Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF

Wednesday 6 November 2019

From petrol and diesel to chlorinated solvents and coal tar, the UK has a legacy of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contamination beneath the ground. In this, the Geological Society’s “Year of Carbon”, the Contaminated Land Group invite you to join a one day conference looking at characterising and managing NAPL.

Published in 2003, the Environment Agency Illustrated handbook of DNAPL transport and fate in the subsurface, warned readers that the science of assessment and remediation was new and evolving. With publication of CL:AIRE’s LNAPL Companion in 2014 and guidance on Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater in 2017 questions are raised: 

  • Where does this leave the assessment of accidental or legacy releases? 
  • What advances have we made and what is the current regulatory position?

The day will run in four sessions:

  1. Keynotes on dense and light non aqueous phase liquids.
  2. Existing guidance and its application in the UK.
  3. Assessing risks from non-aqueous phase liquid.
  4. Remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid.

There will be key note presentation from sector leaders and a series of 20-minute presentations followed by question and answer sessions. 


A poster competition will also run throughout the day. 

Please submit abstracts for presentation or poster submissions to 

Anna Hitchmough at

Deadline for abstract submission is the 31 May 2019.


Geological Society Fellows  - £90 / £75*

Non-fellows                      - £130 / £110*

Student                           - £50 / £40* (numbers may be limited)

* early bird before 31 July 2019

Confirmed speakers include

LNAPL – Mike Rivett, GroundH2O

DNAPL – Gary Wealthall, Geosyntech

plus contributions from SoBRA and RemSoc.


The Priory Rooms
Quaker Meeting House
40 Bull Street
Birmingham, B4 6AF


Registration rates

£ 75.00
£ 110.00
£ 40.00

Geolsoc Contact

Katherina Steinmetz

The Geological Society
Burlington House

Convenor Contact

Contaminated Land specialist group

Dave Jones