Innovative Earth Solutions Offers Soil Remediation Services
In the early phases of a construction project, the environmental assessment of soil sampling is to evaluate the presence or likely presence of hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate an existing release, past release or material threat of release into the ground, groundwater or surface water of the property. Contaminated soil can also be harmful by its particles breathed in, skin absorption through direct skin contact, or eating food grown in contaminated soil.
Soil is considered contaminated when harmful chemicals have accumulated on a piece of land, usually because of a prior industrial or agricultural presence. Petroleum, Copper Arsenate (a common inorganic pesticide), Creosote (a commercial wood preservative), Petroleum and Lead are common contaminants of soil.
For example, a home builder who wants to build a neighborhood on land that once housed a gas station. Petroleum and metal impacted materials could be present in the soil, causing possible threats to water supplies.
There are four states of soil contamination:.
This involved anything that is a potential threat to human/public health.
Hazardous materials in soil are found in different states of matter, such as gas, liquids, or solids, in soil. Hazardous material in soil cannot be disposed of by common means like other by-products of everyday lives. Depending on the physical state of the hazardous materials, various remediation types would be required. Examples of hazardous waste would include nuclear waste, agents of war, mercury, refrigerants, petroleum products, insecticides, herbicides, Pesticides, Lead, PCB material, mercury, car batteries, and more.
Non-Hazardous waste is waste that does not fit the Hazardous definition. It may still pose a threat to human health and may need to be removed and cleaned from soil in the early phases of construction development, based on your state’s requirements. It also may not be simply disposed of through standard means, such as dumpsters or sewer lines. Special remediation techniques are required. Examples of non-hazardous waste would include petroleum products, insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, Metals and more.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, which decides how waste must be processed, identifies the characteristics of solid waste that require specific disposal methods. Known as “Regulated Non-hazardous materials“, include elements such as antifreeze, asbestos, wastewater, PCB less than 50ppm. grinding dusts and others. If these materials are not disposed of properly, they can cause a potential threat to health through air and water exposure.
Clean soil, or “Clean Fill” is material which generally consists of soil, gravel and rock, used to raise or level land, which does not contain contaminants. This is the final result of Innovative Earth’s Solutions remediation process.
Through trucking and barging, we are able to not only test the soils for contaminants, but transport large amounts of soil to be cleaned and fully remediated to pass regulations and get your project to the next phase. Please contact us for more information.
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