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Is it OK to pollute your neighbour’s land: Hauxton chemicals factory case study

30 November 2017
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Event type:
Evening meeting
Organised by:
East Anglian Regional Group
Mott MacDonald, 22 Station Road, Cambridge
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Roger Braithwaite (MSc MIOA FRSPH FCIEH CEnvH) will be giving a presentation about the migration of contaminants from a chemicals factory site in Hauxton (Cambridgeshire) to surrounding farmland. Roger has been working for the landowner in this case for over ten years now and he asks the question, “is it OK to pollute your neighbour’s land?”. 

Jane Dottridge (MSc CGeol FGS SiLC) will also be giving an introduction on the new Geological Society Contaminated Land Group, of which she is the Chair. The group, newly formed this year, aims to represent and promote the Geological Society and its science strategy in respect of land contamination issues, whilst supporting those seeking chartership as land contamination specialists.

Time: 6.30pm

About Roger: 
Roger is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, anex local authority EHO and independent Consultant with over 30 years’ experience of contaminated land and pollution control. 

In 1999 he set up his own consultancy and training company to help prepare the way for the new contaminated land regime. Since then he has successfully served over 600 clients in the public and private sectors. He devised and ran the leading training course on contaminated land in the UK (The Certificate of Competence in Contaminated Land) for eight years at the University of Warwick. He now concentrates his time on expert witness work in the environmental sector throughout the country. He acted as Expert Witness for the Claimants in the Corby Steelworks case from 2005 to successful completion in 2009. 
In 2010 he was chosen from over 11,000 fellow professionals, by Dr Stephen Battersby, President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, for the President’s Award, which recognises Roger’s contribution to the advancement of environmental health. He was presented with the award in the presence of the Minister in the Palace of Westminster. 

In 2011 he was nominated for Fellowship of the Chartered Institute by Graham Jukes, Chief Executive, and Alan Higgins, Chairman of Council. The nomination was approved unanimously by the scrutiny panel and full Council. 

About Jane: 

Jane Dottridge is a hydrogeologist with 40 years’ experience in groundwater and contaminated land. She is a Chartered Geologist, a Specialist in Land Condition and chairs the Geological Society’s new Contaminated Land specialist group.  

She is a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald, and manages the contaminated land team based in Cambridge. Her specialist expertise is in groundwater contamination, risk assessment and modelling of contaminant fate and transport, from point source hydrocarbons and solvents to catchment scale nitrates and pesticides.