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EPUK 2022 AGM Minutes


Here is the presentation given by the President of EPUK, Professor Jim Longhurst, at the AGM on 23rd February 2022. Professor Jim Longhurst LAs and Environmental Protection UK


Here is the most recent Constitution of the charity. epuk-constitution-2018


EPUK has transferred its archive documents to the Wellcome Library in London. The collection covers the period 1840 to 2011 with many 1,000s of documents available to anyone to read or request. Papers on Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Noise are included so if you need papers for your research, this is good […]


Read the report and see the accounts here.


Here are the minutes of last year’s AGM for approval at this year’s meeting.


See the agenda for this year’s AGM on 23rd February here.


Achieving Good IAQ in Zero Carbon buildings – Issues and Options Mich Swainson, Principal Engineer, HVAC Engineering, BRE


Green Infrastructure for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation Professor Prashant Kumar, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey


Benefits of a combined approach to climate and environmental protection, and reflections on COP26. Johan Kuylenstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York.


Developing noise policy and actions. Cerise Reynolds and Hilary Notley, Noise and Nuisance Policy Team, Environmental Quality Directorate, DEFRA


Systemic environmental risk analysis – why, how and early insights Dr Sarah Moller, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York


Covid-19 and Environmental Quality Tim Williamson, Air Quality Consultants.


Health Challenges Going Forward for 2022 Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, Clean Air Champion, University of Southampton,


How technology enables a joined-up approach to Climate and Environmental Protection  Lionel Vancon, Product Area Air Quality Solutions, Bosch


The Experience of Climate Action in Bristol Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Service Manager, Bristol City Council  


Keynote Address: Public Health Lessons from the pandemic – reducing vulnerability & increasing resilience. Professor Anna Hansell, Director of the Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability at the University of Leicester



Easy to use online reference source on environmental legislation- 10 day free trial


AGM 24/02/21 draft minutes


The minutes of EPUK’s 2020 AGM.


EPUK Trustees’ Report and Accounts 19/20


Both commercial aviation and ground transportation have been severely restricted, which has led to important reductions in environmental noise levels. Some studies suggest a reduction of 8 decibels in ambient noise due to lockdown. This significant reduction in transport related noise has changed urban soundscapes, making natural sounds more audible


Strategic noise maps are a requirement of the Environmental Noise Directive, and have been used by transport authorities, planners and academics to inform an understanding of noise and its impacts on health and quality of life.


Dr Oliver Bewes discusses reducing noise as far as reasonably practicable and delivering HS2s commitments relating to operational noise


PFAS are used in a wide variety of consumer products and industrial applications because of their unique chemical and physical properties. Increasing awareness of the widespread presence of PFAS in environmental media and biota has heightened concerns about their potential risks to human health and the environment.


Dr Tom Henman examines the risk of carbon dioxide arising from former coal workings and the implications for development. He makes reference to the Gorebridge incident in Scotland and looks at the issues caused by former mining.


Steve Forster, – The New AGS Guidance Document on asbestos risk assessment for the protection of Site Investigation and Geotechnical Laboratory Personnel (SIARA) by the end of 2020.

Charging station road sign. Place for charge electric car or vehicle. Vector illustration.

Nick Molden muses the conundrum with plug in hybrid cars. Are they a rapid and practical route to carbon dioxide
reduction, or a uncontrollable and expensive diversion from other more promising types of powertrain?


Neil Wait presentation addresses air quality issues associated with new transport infrastructure: the case of high-speed rail, that is HS2.


Dr Ian Mudway presents new research on health impacts with a focus on the brain. These impacts are felt across the life course, from associations with developmental neurological disorders, to poor cognitive development in childhood, adverse mental health throughout life and ultimately dementia risk in later life.


Peter Atchison discusses Prospects for the Contaminated Land Sector in a Turbulent Political Time.

Ecology balance - 3d illustration with ecology icons on grey wooden background.

Professor Tom Burke, Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London and Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, discusses his view on the future of environmental policy in the UK.


A guide prepared by a group of EPUK volunteers and aimed at non-specialist developers considering re-purposing former garage or petrol station sites.


Professor Eloise Scotford, UCL, discusses the challenges, targets and enforcement of the Environment Bill with regard to air quality.


Professor Sir Stephen Holgate discusses the division of the £830 million Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) for clean air projects.


William Wilson’s session sets out some reflections on key issues for the climate negotiations at
COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. 2020 is a key year in the timetable for climate
negotiations, when the Parties to the Paris Agreement for Climate Change are due to submit
more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, and their plans to reduce emissions of
greenhouse gases. Scientists suggest that the window for achieving Paris Agreement targets is
closing rapidly, while worldwide evidence of the effects of climate change increases. The politics
of climate negotiations are further complicated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
with recovery packages of many trillions of dollars liable to set the course for future fossil fuel
use, worldwide moves to support a ‘Green Recovery from COVID’, and big shifts towards an
energy transition. With a national legal commitment to achieve ’net zero’ emissions by 2050
and Chairmanship of COP 26, the UK has claimed the high ground in addressing these issues,
and now needs to deliver.


Read the Chairman’s report and Lord Whitty’s address.


Exposure to metal-rich, ultrafine particulate air pollution: a possible risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. Professor Barbara Maher, Centre for Environmental Magnetism & Palaeomagnetism, Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster


Read about poor air quality and climate change plus the role of local authorities in tackling the problems.


Which fuels are the safest to use in your wood burners and on your open fires.


Fireworks and the law. What is the problem with fireworks?


What’s wrong with bonfires? Bonfires and the law. How to enjoy your bonfire safely.


A report submitted to the Air Quality Expert Group by Dr David Muir on behalf of Environmental Protection UK.


Ed Thomas, Project Air Quality Europe with Robert Bosch UK Holdings Ltd




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James Macfarlane and Richard Yarnold Hydrock Consultants Ltd PowerPoint Presentation, 25 slides Download PDF: 


Karen Thornton Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer, NHBC PowerPoint Presentation, 16 slides Download PDF: 


John Murlis President EPUK PowerPoint Presentation, 29 slides Download PDF: 


Ian Holmes Highway Noise


The Public Health Outcomes Framework for Healthy lives, healthy people:
Improving outcomes and supporting transparency sets out a vision for public health,


David Rudland Chair, EPUK Land Quality Committee PowerPoint Presentation, 16 slides Download PDF: 


A fresh look at Approved Document E


Some general advice on how to store small quantities of petrol safely for private use in motor vehicles, lawn mowers, generators and other domestic machinery. It sets out what is safe and legal when it comes to keeping petrol at home.


Sound is essential to our daily lives, but noise which can be defined as unwanted sound is not always essential. It is a source of irritation and stress for many people and can even damage our hearing if it is loud enough. Many of us are exposed to stressful levels of noise at home and at work. Noise is on the increase in our society and this leaflet explains what steps you can take if you are disturbed by noise, and to reduce the noise you make.


Noise from neighbours is a common source of disturbance. The most frequent complaints are about barking dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities. Remember that no house or flat is totally soundproof. We must all live within the
constraints of our individual properties. Garages and gardens tend to offer minimal sound insulation so these can have a greater effect on neighbours. Everyone can expect some noise from the people who live around them.


This brochure has been prepared for homeowners and people looking at buying or selling a property, where land contamination has been identified as a potential issue.


This brochure has been produced to explain the potential health risks of growing edible crops on such areas of land where the condition of the soil may not be known


This brochure looks at the different aspects of light pollution, explains the steps that can be taken to reduce it and describes what you can do if faced with the problem of pollution from light.


Under the Clean Air Act 1993 local authorities can declare the whole or part of their district to be a Smoke Control Zone. This means that it is an offence to cause smoke from a chimney, and for any person or company to obtain or deliver unauthorised fuel to a building, unless the appliance in use is exempt.


A guide for local authorities from 2007

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