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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA target agrees to soil testing

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Emhart Industries to conduct soil testing and other investigation work at a portion of the proposed B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site in San Bernardino County, Calif. This agreement follows negotiations that began after the EPA notified Emhart Industries in March 2008 that it may be responsible for the contamination. Other companies ...

  • Environment Agency Updates Soil Test Policy

    Ashtead Technology Rentals reports a rapid rise in rentals of their portable contaminated land assessment instruments following a recent amendment to UK Environment Agency policy. The qualification requirements for chemical test data on contaminated soils now acknowledges that portable measuring instruments can both improve the quality of contaminated land assessment and reduce costs. Ashtead ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening

    A six-year study by Kansas State University researchers indicates that crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices. The findings are significant for urban and suburban gardeners, who according to a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide about 15 percent of the world's food, ...


    By Kansas State University

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • First accurate test for arsenic in soil developed

    If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • New LEADQuick™ lead in soil test kit

    Lead exposure can cause serious health problems. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause brain damage and harm other vital organs. It’s common to find 15 to 40 parts per million (PPM) Lead in soil, which can also be expressed as milligrams per kilogram of lead (mg/kg). Soil lead levels can increase to several thousand mg/kg as a result of contamination by lead in urban areas due ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Test metal, concrete & other surfaces for residual oil contamination

    Surficial sampling and analysis is used to assess the existence and/or extent of oil contamination on various surfaces, rather than in soil, sediment or water. Applications include testing wipe samples for residual oils coated on aluminum, steel or other metal parts after the manufacturing process. This includes ventilation ducts, fans, AC coils and other metal working processes to see how well ...

  • Mold Test Kit Identifies Fusarium and other Fungal Contaminants

    Earlier this year, USA Today published an article about the high incidence of Fusarium that was found in a research study that tested sink drains in homes, businesses and institutions.    The article discussed these findings as a possible source of Fusarium infections in people.   Fusarium is a genus of fungi that is widely distributed in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA Settlement with the U.S.D.A. Helps Protect Soil and Groundwater from Contamination

    An underground storage tank (UST) at the Lake Moomaw Marina Store in Warm Springs, Va., will now be regularly monitored and inspected under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve alleged violations of UST regulations. The Lake Moomaw Marina Store is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The required monthly and yearly inspections of leak detection ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA Will Remove Contaminated Soil at Ithaca Falls Creek Gorge, N.Y.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will remove lead contaminated soil this month at a property between the base of a cliff wall and a walkway at the Falls Creek Gorge in Ithaca, N.Y. The EPA collected samples of soil at the site in May and July after receiving requests from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Ithaca. The city and state wanted the ...

  • 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

  • Gas stations fined over US$3m for soil and groundwater contamination

    The US Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the agency’s enforcement action against the owner of Lowest Price gas stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In cooperation with state and D.C. officials, EPA filed a complaint in September 2002 against gas station owner, Euclid of Virginia, Inc. for violating regulations designed to detect and prevent fuel leaks from ...

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