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Soil contamination (or soil pollution) is caused by the presence of human made chemicals or other modifications in the natural soil environment. The contamination is usually caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste. The most common chemicals found in soils are petroleum hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (such as naphthalene and benzo(a)pyrene), solvents, pesticides, lead, and other heavy metals.

The main concern when it comes to soil contamination is the risk it can pose to the health of those who come into contact with the soil. The risks can come from direct contact with the contaminated soil, vapors from the contaminants, or from secondary contamination of water supplies within and underlying the soil.

There are a few ways to remediate a contamination situation! Mapping of contaminated soil sites and the resulting cleanups are time consuming and expensive tasks, requiring extensive amounts of geology, hydrology, chemistry, computer modeling skills. Luckily, August Mack is equipped to help! Visit our website here to learn more!

Post Date: 1/25/2018



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