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Dr Mark Broomfield

Professional Description:

Air Quality, Odour and Health Impact Expert

Qualifications:

BA, PhD

Address:
Ricardo Energy & Environment
Gemini Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell
Didcot
OX11 0QR
Area of work:

Worldwide

Details

Mark Broomfield is an air quality, odour and health impacts specialist with a BA in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry. He has worked in these areas since 1992, both within the consultancy sector and as an industry specialist at ICI. He has contributed to over 250 industrial permitting applications and follow-on support projects. He provides expert support under the land-use planning, environmental permitting and local air quality management frameworks.

EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE
Mark has acted as expert witness on 40 occasions up to January 2021, on issues including air quality impact assessment; environmental and health effects of waste management; perception of risks to health; odour and dust nuisances; and road traffic emissions. His expert witness experience includes provision of expertise on air quality, health risk and nature conservation impacts in relation to highly controversial waste incineration and landfill developments, and has been demonstrated to be robust under intense scrutiny.

SUMMARY OF TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE
Mark Broomfield is an air quality, odour and health impacts specialist with a BA in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry. He has worked in these areas since 1992, both within the consultancy sector and as an industry specialist at ICI. He provides technical, strategic and research support to industry and regulatory bodies. He has contributed to over 250 industrial permitting applications and follow-on support projects. He also works closely with clients to deliver obligations under the land-use planning and local air quality management frameworks

As project manager and director, Mark is responsible for strategic air quality projects designed to showcase the use of state-of-the-art air quality modelling techniques to support the development of air quality action plans in cities throughout Asia.  He is retained by the Asian Development Bank safeguarding team to provide advice and training on mitigation of air quality impacts of ADB-backed projects throughout Asia, and was responsible for a strategic air quality policy review for four countries in South Asia.  He has overall responsibility for delivery of regional air quality modelling studies in support of strategic development planning in the UK.

Mark is responsible for the delivery of an influential programme of research to the European Commission and regulatory authorities in the UK in relation to the use of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development. This work set the baseline for the European Commission and UK regulators' understanding of the key issues linked to environmental and health risks, control of methane emissions, and legislative/ regulatory issues. He authored a chapter in the first book published on legislative aspects of shale gas in Europe, and has gone on to deliver groundbreaking projects in environmental risk management, supply chain analysis, and industry forecasting in the UK and US.

Mark has a long record of providing support to the UK Government and other bodies. He is responsible for complex and challenging aspects of the UK's National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and Greenhouse gas inventory. He is the project director for Ricardo's contract to support Defra in discharging its responsibilities in relation to the UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.

Mark has appeared as an expert witness on 40 occasions up to January 2021, on issues including odour and air quality impact assessment; environmental and health effects of waste management; perception of risks to health; and road traffic emissions. He works with local authorities, community groups and other stakeholders using health impact assessment and other techniques to achieve consensus on health and environmental issues relating to minerals and waste development.  He has recently had overall responsibility for strategic air quality studies in London, Windsor & Maidenhead, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Mark contributes to seminars and conferences on air quality, health and waste-related topics – for example, at Better Air Quality 2018 (November 2018, Malaysia), and as a trainer on air quality and health for Ricardo-AEA's EMAQ+ programme.  He is a member of the UK Natural Environment Research Council Peer Review College and the Institute of Air Quality Management.  He is the author of "Every breath you take: a user's guide to the atmosphere," published in July 2019.

KEY SKILLS
• Expert witness at public inquiry and other forums
• Air quality dispersion modelling and monitoring
• Air quality assessment
• Health and environmental issues associated with waste management
• Odour assessment and management
• Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
• Industrial permitting

EXAMPLE EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE
Uttlesford District Council (2021) Expert witness on air quality associated with proposed increase in capacity of Stansted Airport

Sandwell Council (2019) Expert witness on air quality and dust associated with proposed sleeper manufacturing facility

DarroisVilley Maillot Brochier (2018) Expert witness in arbitration proceedings, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); potential air quality and health impacts of a proposed waste to energy facility

Dentons LLP (2018) Expert opinion in a dispute concerning proposed waste to energy facility developments (stack heights for alternative technologies and sites)

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2018) Expert witness on air quality at public hearing into BoroughLocal Plan

Endless Energy (2018) Written submissions on assessment of air quality and nature conservation impacts of proposed EfW facility, West Yorkshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme Council (2016) Expert witness on odours in relation to a proposed residential development adjacent to a landfill site

Kings Lynn & W Norfolk Council (2015) Magistrate's Court proceedings for alleged breach of abatement notice at knackers yard (odours)

Kings Lynn & W Norfolk Council (2014) Evaluation of proposed animal carcass incinerator; preparation of written representations (air quality, odours)

Norfolk County Council (2013) Public inquiry into proposed waste to energy facility (air quality, health, nature conservation)

London Borough of Sutton (2013) Planning committee meeting for proposed waste to energy facility (air quality, health)

Forest of Dean Council (2013) Public inquiry into proposed wastewater facility (odour)

Perth and Kinross Council (2012) Public inquiry into proposed waste facility (odour; air quality)

Environmental Services Association (2012) Waste procurement open committee meeting (health risks of waste facilities)

Residents group, Shropshire (2009) Planning inquiry into proposed biomass CHP plant (air quality impacts)

Environment Agency (2008-9) Provision of evidence on landfill exposures to Committee on Toxicity

Greenstar, ROI (2005, 2007) Expert witness on landfill air quality, dusts and odours at Oral Hearing

Surrey County Council (2006) Health and environmental effects of waste management

Isle of Man Government (2006) Air quality and odour effects of proposed animal waste processing plant

Biffa Waste Services Ltd (2004) Odour impacts associated with proposal to extend landfill
Membership

Membership

Member of the UK Natural Environment Research Council Peer Review College; Member of the Institute of Air Quality Management

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