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  • 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 ...

  • Land Contamination

    Land Contamination Identified: Contaminated land is a constant battle for developers looking to build houses / industrial sites or purpose built facilities. Contamination simply means an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment and therefore remediation or site clean up is required. Identifying contamination requires assessment, measurement and remediation. The primary contaminants ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Portable FTIR for Geoscience Analysis of Soil and Rock in the Field

    Danbury CT. A2 Technologies now offers a family of portable hand held FTIR systems that are optimized for geoscience applications including the compositional analysis of rocks, minerals and soils. A2’s Exoscan and FlexScan FTIR systems are battery powered, hand-held FTIR spectrometers that are proven for field applications. For years, FTIR spectroscopy has been applied to this area of study ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cutting-Edge Developments in the Evaluation of Contaminants

    Learn how to optimize your sample extraction and analysis tasks, and then apply these techniques to your application. Guest speaker Dr. Xia Kang from the Department of Corp and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech discusses how she developed a leading-edge method to determine endocrine disruptors in biosolids and biosolids-applied soils using the BUCHI ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • EPA settles with BNSF Railway Company for improperly handling contaminated soil in North Portland

    The BNSF Railway Company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for mishandling and transportation of contaminated soil from a construction project near the McCormick & Baxter Superfund site on the banks of the Willamette River. The BNSF Railway Company will pay a $37,500 penalty as part of the agreement. Documents associated with today’s action show that BNSF ...

  • EPA settles with BNSF Railway Company for improperly handling contaminated soil in North Portland

    The BNSF Railway Company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for mishandling and transportation of contaminated soil from a construction project near the McCormick & Baxter Superfund site on the banks of the Willamette River. The BNSF Railway Company will pay a $37,500 penalty as part of the agreement. Documents associated with today’s action show that BNSF ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA to excavate contaminated soil, monitor groundwater at Ellenville scrap iron and metal superfund site in Ulster County, N.Y. (NY)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has finalized the steps it will take to clean up the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund site in the Village of Ellenville, N.Y. in Ulster County. EPA will excavate contaminated soil from six different areas at the site, consolidate the soil on the landfill portion of the site and then securely cap the landfill, which ...

  • Monitoring contamination without excessive cost

    Environmental monitoring should be undertaken with the best available technology within reasonable cost constraints (i.e. BATNEEC). However, the best technology is often the most expensive, so instrument rental is increasingly the favoured option. James Carlyle, General Manager at specialist instrument hire company Ashtead Technology Rentals, explains. The requirement for environmental ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • Encouraging results in evaluating groundwater contaminants

    The widespread use of pesticides across the United States has been in practice for decades, with little knowledge of the long-term effects on the nation’s groundwater. The results of a new study show that samples taken from over 300 wells across the US have not retained a high concentration of pesticide contamination. The news is a result of a decadal long study to assess the extent of the ...

  • What`s in your soil?

    The latest in modern soil mineralogical methods is now available from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in their new monograph Methods of Soil Analysis. Part 5. Mineralogical Methods (2008). The new edition reflects improvements in old techniques and presents new techniques and instrumentation with more quantitative analysis, giving students and scientists established methods for ...


  • Measuring global soil changes

    Global change is increasingly affecting important terrestrial ecosystem functions such as the filtering and buffering capacity of soils, the supply of clean water, soil fertility, and consequently, the production of food, feed, and fiber. Recent studies and reports from the United Nations indicate that water and soil resources are both heavily under pressure. Worldwide about 2 billion ha of land ...

  • Survey detects contamination on proposed waste disposal site

    Two small areas of radioactive contamination have been detected during a survey of grazing land adjacent to the former nuclear research site at Dounreay. They were excavated and removed to the site for analysis. One was identified as a 'minor' particle of fast reactor fuel and the other as soil contaminated with radioactivity. The finds were 5-30cm below the surface and covered by vegetation, ...

  • Fingerprinting method identifies petroleum contamination age and type

    Sitelab's fingerprinting procedure helps to identify the age or type of contamination on its clients' site at a fraction of the cost compared to conventional laboratory forensic testing. Field screening fingerprinting procedure Extract and prepare samples in solvent using Sitelab test kits; soil, sediment, water or oil (NAPL) samples can be analyzed. Test for GRO (BTEX): ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • No significant health risks found in analysis of second round of soil sampling near soccer complex in Cameron, Mo.

    Analysis of lab results from a second round of soil sampling near the Cameron, Mo., Soccer Complex does not indicate significant risks to public health, based on current use conditions of properties in the area, EPA Region 7 has determined. Elevated levels of arsenic were detected in 44 of 115 soil samples collected from six different properties in this second round of sampling, which occurred ...

  • Advantages of Using ED-XRF Spectrometers for the Field Analysis of Soil and Sewage Sludge are Detailed in New Application Brief

    A new application brief detailing the advantages of using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometers to perform elemental analysis in the field on soil and sewage sludge samples is available to download at http://goo.gl/W6xEnY. Determining the best course of action when addressing a contaminated environmental site requires both a precise identification ...

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