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Dr Mark Broomfield

Professional Description:

Air Quality, Odour and Health Impact Expert



Ricardo Energy & Environment
Gemini Building
Fermi Avenue
OX11 0QR
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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.


Mark has acted as expert witness on 37 occasions up to November 2018, 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.


Mark has led research for the UK Government and other bodies into some of the key environmental issues of the past 20 years, including the Environmental and health effects of waste management; control of dioxins and furans; and the environmental and health risks associated with the use of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development. He is responsible for complex and challenging aspects of the UK's National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and Greenhouse gas inventory.

Mark was the lead author for the landmark Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)study “Review of Environmental and Health Effects of Waste Management”. After 14years, this remains a key influence on waste management policy. He has completed research for Defra and ScottishEnvironment Protection Agency into the control of dioxins and furans, and carried out influentialevaluations of the Government’s Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards and Air Quality Expert Group.

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. Mark is responsible for the delivery of an influential programme of research to the European Commissionand regulatory authorities in the UK in relation to the use of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development.


• 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


DarroisVilley Maillot Brochier (2018) Expert witness inarbitration 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 residentialdevelopment adjacent to a landfill site

Kings Lynn & W Norfolk Council (2015) Magistrate's Court proceedings for alleged breach ofabatement 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


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

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