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Partrac to Co-ordinate UK Contaminated Sediments Strategy Partrac to Co-ordinate UK Contaminated Sediments Strategy

The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced an initiative to create a strategy for managing contaminated marine sediments aimed at providing a holistic, ecosystem-based structure within which practical management of dredged contaminated sediment can be achieved.

Partrac, a marine environmental consultancy specializing in sediment monitoring and management, has been appointed by DEFRA to help manage the project, with Technical Director Dr. Kevin Black as project co-ordinator for the initiative.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as the co-ordinators for this flagship project,” said Dr. Black. “We are a marine environmental consultancy specializing in sediment monitoring and management; however it is those marine areas which are contaminated which form the practical application of our knowledge and skills, especially in ports, harbors and estuaries. This is a substantial opportunity to apply Partrac’s expertise and we are looking forward to working with various contractors and DEFRA over the next three years to formulate a world-class management framework strategy for the UK”.

Dr. Black attended the 4th International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediment, held in mid-January in Savannah, Georgia, where the theme “Efficient Assessment, Effective Management and Successful Remediation” will be of great benefit to him in his new role.

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