EPA approves Engineers Ireland register for landfill assessment
15 January 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally approved the new registration process which has been put in place by Engineers Ireland in order to provide a register of ‘qualified persons’ who are capable of conducting professional hydrogeological assessment of landfill sites, to include sites which are modern, historic, unauthorised and contaminated.
In a recent submission to the EPA, Engineers Ireland provided details of how it assesses candidates for inclusion on the register of professionally competent persons for historic landfill assessment. Full details were also provided with regard to the monitoring of continuing professional development returns and adherence to a code of ethics, with satisfactory disciplinary procedures.
The EPA has now confirmed that members of Engineers Ireland who appear on this register will be accepted as ‘qualified persons’ for the purpose of application for certificates of authorisation for historic landfills. The measures put in place by Engineers Ireland are in line with Section 2.3 of the EPA Code of Practice: Environmental Risk Assessment for Unregulated Waste Disposal Sites.
The EPA will be relying on ‘qualified persons’ to formally assess and sign off on risk assessment of historic landfills using the Code of Practice (COP) for historic and unauthorised landfills. New online procedures have been put in place by the EPA for these purposes, viewable here.
To date, a total of 17 chartered engineers have been assessed as suitable to join the new Engineers Ireland Landfill Register. Candidates for registration must demonstrate suitable qualifications, relevant project experience and sufficient professional development. Registration is for a period of two years.
A panel of senior Engineers Ireland Fellows is in place to assess all applications for admittance to the register. Those admitted to the register will be issued with notification formally stating that Engineers Ireland has certified their competence to assure any public or statutory bodies as to the professional and technical competence of the registered person.
Those wishing to apply for assessment can download the Engineers Ireland Application form here. To access the application form, which is a writable PDF, you may need to download the latest Abode patch here (for free). The next application deadline is February 6, 2014 at noon. All applications received at this time will go to Engineers Ireland’s assessment panel for consideration.
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