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Soil contamination (or soil pollution) is caused whenever human-made chemicals or hazardous materials are present within a natural soil environment. This may be caused by industrial activity, chemical spills, exploration of crude oil, removal of underground storage tanks, agricultural chemical collection, or the improper disposal of waste.

The main concerns with contaminated soil are the associated health risks, both to humans and to the environment. This may be from direct contact with the contaminants, inhaling vapors caused by the contaminants, or secondary contamination of any water supply that comes in contact with the contaminated site.

Depending upon the contaminants in the soil, they may be classified as:

  • Hazardous
  • Non-Hazardous - such as petroleum impacted, metal impacted, and soils from the excavation of underground storage tanks
  • RCRA categorized soils
  • PCB - both TSCA and non-TSCA contaminated soils
  • MGP - coal tar contaminated soil

Many areas have a legal framework in place to regulate the cleanup and disposal of contaminated soil, it is important to work with a waste vendor that specifically lists contaminated soil as one of their accepted wastes.

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