In technical and legal terms, land is classified as Contaminated when there are harmful substances found in the soil that could potentially cause serious harm to people, protected species or property. The danger is that any users of the Contaminated Land could be exposed to the harmful contaminants by inhalation, direct contact or digestion. Breathing in dust or grasses, contact with the soil by touching or digesting food or drink that has been grown on the land. The affected land could be contaminated by substances such as tars, heavy metals, asbestos, oils and various chemicals. Normally these incidents occur through accidental release of these substances, however, unfortunately, there are rare occasions when it is deliberate! This is when you need an experienced, reputable, professional, Soil Remediation Company who are specialists in the complex field of Soil Remediation.
The Environmental Protection Act of 1990, part 2A covers the contaminated land regime and it provides a strict guideline in which to identify contaminated land that will require remediation. The Local Authority of a specific area is responsible for inspecting, identifying and classifying contaminated land. The specialist Soil Remediators use a complex process of Chemical Oxidation to convert the contaminated soil back into a non-hazardous material.
Using immobilising agents to stabilise the soil and reducing the contaminants leachability by washing, separating and removing them from the affected ground. This process is split into four phases, 1) Site Survey, 2) Intrusive Investigation, 3) Remediation and 4) Verification.