Environment agencies set soil chemical screening values

The EA, SEPA, NRW and the NIEA have set out the levels at which waste-derived soils need assessing for risks to ecology and wildlife from the presence of chemicals

Soil spread on farmland must be screened for harmful chemicals. Photograph: Oticki/123RFThe UK’s environment agencies have produced guidelines for screening the risks to soils from chemicals released through spreading waste-derived materials on land.

Spreading waste-derived materials on farmland can improve soil by adding nutrients and organic matter and raising pH. But it could also harm human health, crops, livestock, and the wider environment if not properly screened.

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