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LEAF Training and Industry Workshop

LEAF Training and Industry Workshop

Date Published: 31-Mar-17

As mentioned briefly in February’s Periodical, ChemCentre was delighted to host two international experts on the Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF) tools.
 
On their first combined visit to Australia, Professor Hans van der Sloot from the Netherlands and Professor David Kosson from the USA were here as developers of the LEAF tools and to work specifically with ChemCentre’s Dr Silvia Black and conduct training for staff and invited participants. The LEAF tools are part of a ChemCentre-managed R&D project, funded by MRIWA and three industry partners. 
The LEAF tools can assist Western Australian authorities and industry assess the environmental impact of using waste-derived materials and by-products. LEAF combines geochemical modelling and laboratory-based tests to help understand how these products will behave in the environment in the long term, and can lead to more informed decisions regarding how best to manage industrial waste and by-products.
 
The LEAF training, held over four days, aimed to progress the WA and national capability which is currently not available in Australia. Training was followed by a well-attended industry workshop comprising government agencies and industry, plus researchers and environmental consultants. Presentations were delivered from ChemCentre, Professors van der Sloot and Kosson, DER and industry partner Alcoa, with discussions demonstrating a comprehensive range of multidisciplinary experience across science, regulatory frameworks and industry requirements.

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LEAF Training Workshop

One of the important benefits from having the experts conduct in-depth training with key participants was the confirmation that the LEAF approach and modelling tools were developed with very sound science and using good principals of chemistry, soil science and geoscience. This in turn provides confidence in LEAF’s ability to provide long term benefits of (i) having more certainty in the commercialisation and re-use of by-products and (ii) the routine use of industrial by-products in commercial infrastructure and development projects.
 
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LEAF Industry Workshop

Professor van der Sloot expressed his appreciation of the enthusiasm demonstrated by all 15 participants at the training workshop and the array of questions and discussions raised during that week that demonstrated a high level of scientific knowledge and technical competence.
 
The objective for ChemCentre is to continue leading the way in WA and Australia to authenticate and tailor the LEAF tests and modelling tools to the Australian environment, and to offer these tests to government and industry.
 
ChemCentre thanks MRIWA for their project support.  For more information, contact Dr Silvia Black sblack@chemcentre.wa.gov.au.

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