30 Second Summary with every report‘Planning agents and developers think environmental reports are too complicated’
Some of our clients have been telling us that many of the reports they get from their other suppliers are becoming over complex, overly wordy and quite a chore to get through. In an environment where everyone is short on time and pushed to make informed decisions quickly, that’s not a good trend.
EPS has always taken pride in making our environmental reports relevant, readable and reliable but now we’re going one step further.
30 Second Summary
We’re going to ensure that every report we produce has a 30 Second Summary so that you can see ‘at a glance’ what the main points are. All the technical data, required information and detailed analysis will still be there of course, you just won’t have to wade through it to get to the crux of the matter.
‘If you can’t say it in five bullet points or less, you shouldn’t have started’
Will Evans – Director
We believe that good report writing is vital to good understanding of a project. Our promise to you is that, without losing any of the vital detail, we’ll cut the jargon, keep it simple and give an overview in just five bullet points or less (maybe we’ll add a picture if it’s relevant). We’ll keep the technical data in the ‘technical’ section and we’ll talk in plain English, as if we were speaking on the phone.
If you think we’re not delivering on this promise please feel free to let us know.
Have a look at our ‘Jargon Buster’ below and find out how we’d say it like it is in our non technical client summaries …when others don’t!
‘None of the contaminants of concern have been identified above relevant site specific assessment criteria for residential end use’It's clean
‘No evidence of previous development has been identified through the historical records search’It’s a field, always has been
‘A conceptual site model has been developed which identified plausible pollutant linkages associated with the potential presence of contaminants within shallow soils and future interaction with site users.’We need to check the soil at your property to see if it needs to be cleaned up
‘Percolation tests have shown the subsurface to have a very low hydraulic conductivity and therefore alternative methods of disposal for excess surface water runoff may be required’Soakaways are not going to work for this site, we need to talk about other options.
‘Due to inherent limitations associated with site investigation in the close vicinity of active fuel storage systems, additional data on the level of CoCs in soil and groundwater quality will be required during decommissioning. ’Its not safe to drill too close to a tank full of petrol, so we’ll need to take a few more samples when its been emptied and pulled out.
‘Laboratory analysis of near surface soil samples in the vicinity of the site workshop identified middle distillate aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon compounds in the range C12-C16, which are thought to derive from the nearby buried fuel infrastructure.’We’ve found some diesel in the ground near the workshop fuel tank.
‘On the basis of the levels of short chain hydrocarbons which have been reported, a pollutant linkage associated with volatilisation to indoor air can not be discounted, therefore a suitable control measures will be required in order to adequately mitigate risks to the long term health of future site users.’There is a potential for petrol vapours to come up into the house, so a specialist company is going to be needed to install and certify a gas barrier instead of your standard DPM.
‘The concentration of contaminants found in groundwater within the underlying Principal Aquifer exceeded the site specific target levels which were derived through the quantitative risk assessment and therefore remedial action is required.’The water beneath your site is going to need to be cleaned up.
‘Geological maps of the area indicate that the site is located on Quaternary second order river terrace deposits underlain by the Jurassic Ampthill Clay Formation.’Your site is located on a mixture of sands and gravels, beneath which is clay.
‘The development of the Conceptual Site Model has not identified any plausible pollutant linkages which are either currently active or likely to become active as a result of this development.’There’s nothing to worry about here
If you’ve had a report done which isn’t making a lot of sense – send it to us and we’ll give you the low down for FREE. Email us with your report
To be clear, there’s a good chance you'll see similar ‘jargon laden’ phrases in the main text of our reports, This is because it's the technical language we have to use to formally define and agree situations with the likes of the Environment Agency and Local Authority and it's what they need to be able to do things like formally discharge planning conditions. But that doesn't mean you should have to wade through them in your client summary!