contaminated soil News

  • Soil contamination test improved with worms

    A Dutch researcher has discovered that exposing soil and sediment invertebrates like worms and springtails to toxic chemicals can give a more accurate test of soil contamination. Dr Miriam Leon Paumen also found that prolonged exposure can have a significant impact on the lifecycle of these invertebrates. The findings of this research give weight to the theory that gradual effects cannot be ...

  • Disposal of contaminated soils – Montreal garrison

    The work includes, but is not necessarily limited to the supply of labour, material, supervision and equipment necessary for loading from stacks of soil and/or excavation, transport and disposal of contaminated soil. Those wishing to obtain a set of Plans & Specifications for this project must place an order with MERX by logging on their website: www.merx.com or by contacting ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Predicting amount of oil in contaminated soils

    Scientists are reporting a new technique for mapping and testing oil-contaminated soils. Traditionally, samples need to be collected from the field and returned to a lab for extensive chemical analysis, costing time and money when neither is readily available during a clean-up operation. The new method can take measurements in the field and accurately predict the total amount of petroleum ...

  • Government bill regulating contaminated soils in Catalonia

    The region of Catalonia in Spain has developed a Government bill regulating Contaminated Soils in order to comply with both National Law 10/1998 of 21st April on Waste, and Royal Decree 9/2005 of 14th January, by which it is established the list of soil polluting activities and the standard criteria to declare a soil as contaminated. This decree will be based upon the necessity that all ...

  • Ecological risk assessment framework for contaminants in soil

    The environmental and conservation regulators launched the ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework and technical guidance in London on 15th October 2008. The long-awaited methodology assesses risks to ecosystems from land contamination, an area of environmental assessment that has so far largely been ignored in the UK. The ERA methodology is applicable to any land quality assessment that ...


    By ENVIRON

  • New reference material for hexavalent chromium in contaminated soil

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new standard—a certified reference material—to aid in the detection and measurement of the potent carcinogen hexavalent chromium in soil. Developed in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the new reference material will provide a crucial ...

  • Evaluating risks from contaminated soil: a standardised approach

    Soil plays an important role, as a habitat capable of recycling water, carbon and nutrients and a provider of food and raw materials. Research investigating the risk assessment procedures adopted in different EU member states, suggests that there needs to be greater standardisation in the methods of assessing risks from contaminated soils. In 2005, the European Commission Joint Research Centre ...

  • Soil contamination hazards discussed in new online Vvdeo

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate people about issues that may impact their health.  Their latest educational video discusses soil contamination issues that may impact people and their families. Today, there are many places across the country have been identified as Superfund sites.  Superfund is the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Soil washing

    Soil washing and vacuum distillation are two different methods used for soil remediation. It is because of their differences that they compliment each other where large volumes of contaminated soil need to be remediated in short time. Soil washing is a chemical-physical process which is commonly used for soil contaminated with heavy metal, mineral oil, tar and other organic pollutants. Soil ...

  • Thailand: Implementing The New Soil & Groundwater Contamination Assessment Regulation

    The Ministry of Industry, Thailand, enacted the “Ministerial Regulation on Soil and Groundwater Contamination Control in the Factory Area” in April 2016. Under the Regulation certain factories and industrial operations (prescribed operations) are required to conduct soil and groundwater contamination surveys at their facilities on a regular basis and submit a report of the findings in ...

  • Soil and sediment contamination assessment more accurate, says researcher

    Prolonged exposure of soil and sediment invertebrates to toxic Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (PACs) has large and unpredictable effects on the life cycle of these species, concludes Dutch researcher Miriam León Paumen. These chronic effects can be very different from the effects of short-term exposure to PACs. Therefore, assessments of soil and sediment contamination are more reliable when they ...

  • Discover econ industries` solutions for mercury contaminants in wastes and soils

    The 9th Euro Chlor Technology Conference & Exhibition takes place in the Madrid Melia Castilla Hotel between the 1st and 3rd of April 2014. Three days to share best practices in safety, health and especially environmental protection. This opportunity to discover more about our unique solutions for mercury contaminated wastes and soils should not be missed. • When: 1 - 3 ...

  • Q&A about national general survey on soil contamination in China

    MEP and MLR announced the report on the national general survey on soil contamination today, and the survey results showed the general condition of the soil environment across the country not optimistic; some areas are suffering from bad soil pollution, the environmental quality of the arable land is worrying, and there are pressing soil environmental problems in industrial and mining deserted ...

  • Harmonization in the accreditation system of companies dedicated to contaminated soil investigation

    MediTerra is accredited by the Basque Government according to Law 199/2006 to perform investigations of  contaminated soils and groundwater, environmental risk assessments and remediation projects in the Basque Country. When Law 199/2006 entered into force, all the accredited companies have been obliged to be ISO 17020 certified within a period of 3 years (finishing in November 2009). ...

  • EPA removes over 18,000 tons of contaminated soil in Newark

    It took less than six months for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to turn an abandoned piece of property, located just across the street from private homes in the Ironbound section of Newark, into a parcel of land that no longer poses a threat to the surrounding community. EPA’s Regional Administrator, Alan J. Steinberg, was joined by City of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as well as City ...

  • Biogenie Inaugurates UK’S 1st Contaminated Soil Treatment Facility

    Quebec, December 7, 2005 – On November 8, 2005, Biogenie inaugurated the UK’s first fully licensed contaminated soil treatment facility. Located in Warrington, near Manchester, the facility represents a $2M investment made jointly by the company’s UK affiliate, Biogenie Site Remediation Ltd., and its strategic ally, Biffa Waste Services Ltd. The new facility was inaugurated by the president ...

  • Shedding a light on contaminants

    Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination? Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent global issue. According to the European Environment Agency, 39 member states in Europe had over 2.5 million contaminated soil sites in 2011. Sharon O’Rourke, researcher at University ...

  • Environmental Experts Provide Solutions for Identifying Contaminated Soil in Puerto Rico

    Last month, The Atlantic published a report about the high rate of illnesses and cancer on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. The article discussed the Navy’s past use of heavy metals and toxic chemicals on its former military base on the island and potential lingering soil contamination issues that could be impacting people’s health.  The Atlantic Fleet Weapons ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • EPA investigates US hazardous waste site for soil & groundwater contamination

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a geophysical survey and will conduct a preliminary assessment of an illegal disposal site known as the Smith and Thompson Pumping Company Site in Lancaster, California. Court-ordered surface clean-up of the site is complete; the EPA’s investigation will determine if hazardous waste is buried underground. 'We’re conducing a thorough ...

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