|Some 100 million tonnes of waste a year is landfilled in England and Wales alone every year. Over 300 engineering delegates, from almost 40 countries will explore solutions to reducing this unsustainable dumping at a conference hosted by Cardiff University's School of Engineering from June 26 to 30. It will be opened by the Welsh Assembly Government First Minister Rhodri Morgan, who said today: "Wales' industrial and mining past has left a legacy of land contamination. As a result, we have developed considerable experience and expertise in terms of tackling pollution and land reclamation. Cleaning up the industrial residues of the past and bringing land back into beneficial use have both environmental and economic benefits and are an essential part of our commitment to Sustainable Development. The messages and outcomes from this congress will have a crucial bearing on the challenges facing every industrial nation."
Discussions will range from transportation and management of pollutants, sustainability, nuclear waste disposal, reuse and management of waste and underwater geoenvironmental issues.
Professor Hywel Thomas, Head of the Cardiff School of Engineering said: "Issues associated with Environmental Geotechnics continue to be a major preoccupation for governments, organisations and the global community. This congress brings together experts in industry, academia and the public sector to discuss the latest issues."
Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities for Environmental Geotechnics is the theme of the International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, held by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.