Accession Number : ADA322840

Title :   Evaluating Soil Contamination.

Descriptive Note : Biological rept.,

Corporate Author : FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Beyer, W. N.

PDF Url : ADA322840

Report Date : JUL 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : This compilation was designed to help U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contaminant specialists evaluate the degree of contamination of a soil, based on chemical analyses. Included are regulatory criteria, opinions, brief descriptions of scientific articles, and miscellaneous information that might be useful in making risk assessments. The intent was to make hard-to-obtain material readily available to contaminant specialists, but not to critique the material or develop new criteria. The compilation is to be used with its index, which includes about 200 contaminants. There are several entries for a few of the most thoroughly studied contaminants, but for most of them the information available is meager. Entries include soil contaminant criteria from other countries, contaminant guidelines for applying sewage sludge to soil, guidelines for evaluating sediments, background soil concentrations for various elements, citations to scientific articles that may help estimate the potential movement of soil contaminants into wildlife food chains, and a few odds and ends. Articles on earthworms were emphasized because they are a natural bridge between soil and many species of wildlife.

Descriptors :   *SOILS, *CONTAMINANTS, *CONTAMINATION, *CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, *SLUDGE, *SEWAGE, TEST AND EVALUATION, RISK, INSTRUCTIONS, SPECIALISTS, WILDLIFE, SEDIMENTS, BRIDGES, FOOD CHAINS.

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
      Soil Mechanics
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE