Hydrogeo can assist in the planning of Cemetery / Memorial Ground / Natural Burial sites, including the preparation of a Cemetery Risk Assessment. Planning requires early consideration of possible impacts and where appropriate, adequate site investigation and risk assessment proportionate to both the level of potential risk to water resources and the size of the proposed development.
Hydrogeo has experience in undertaking desk studies, site investigations and hydrogeological risk assessments for numerous natural burial grounds and cemetery developments. The production of a cemetery risk assessment report is required by the Environment Agency during the course of planning any proposed cemetery.
Environmental regulators are now requiring that existing burial grounds undergo risk assessment, in addition to the assessments carried out for new burial grounds and burial ground extensions.
Our Risk Assessment approach follows the three-tiered assessment advocated within the Environment Agency Technical Report, P223 ‘Assessing the Groundwater Pollution Potential of Cemetery Developments’:
Tier 1: Risk Screening –Desk based assessment detailing the (water) environmental setting of the site, proposed development, identification and assessment of potentially sensitive (water) receptors and a qualitative assessment of vulnerability and risk.
Tier 2: Preliminary Quantitative Risk Assessment – A detailed desk study and preliminary site investigation; required when a site is designated as presenting an ‘Intermediate Risk’ to a (water) receptor, or where risks are not clearly defined. Tier 2 requires an appropriate degree of intrusive works (boreholes or trial pits) to characterise soil / geology, prove groundwater levels, determine groundwater quality and to install monitoring points if required. This tier requires a basic or semi-quantitative risk assessment to whether potential impacts are acceptable and to enable measures/design to be implemented to mitigate risk.
Tier 3: Detailed Quantitative Groundwater Risk Assessment – Groundwater Modelling and Assessment is required if the risk to sensitive (water) receptors is considered to be high or if further information is requested by the Environment Agency. Hydrogeo has used ConSim software on several proposed cemetery sites to quantify the risk to the water environment in a groundwater risk assessment.
If you would like to speak to someone at Hydrogeo about a Cemetery Risk Assessment for a Cemetery / Memorial Ground Development please call 07877 251644 or email [email protected].