Assessment of health risks in the redevelopment of contaminated land

Solomon, C.L. and Powrie, W. (1992) Assessment of health risks in the redevelopment of contaminated land. Geotechnique, 42, (1), 5-12.


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Guide-lines and codes of practice for the redevelopment of contaminated sites should address acceptable residual levels of contamination of substances which are potentially harmful to the prospective user of the site. The Paper discusses the commonly used rules and guide-lines with reference to this issue, and highlights some apparent anomalies. The difficulties involved in taking proper account of the toxicological significance of contaminants are explored. The practicability of codes and standards quantifying trigger and/or target levels of contaminants is also addressed. Although the scope for quantitative codes of practice is limited by the probable individuality of any particular case, procedures can and should be codified. More of the existing data on substances used in industrial processes and their possible harmful effects could usefully be collated into a form more amenable to the appraisal of contaminated sites.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0016-8505 (print)
1751-7656 (electronic)
Keywords: reclamation, control, contaminated land, site investigation, environmental engineering, pollution migration
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 75658
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 1992Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:09

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