Background levels of contaminants in soils in Scotland

Fordyce, Fiona. 2004 Background levels of contaminants in soils in Scotland. In: Abstracts of the National Society for Clean Air Seminar - Progress in Implementing Part IIa in Scotland. Bristol, UK, National Society for Clean Air, 11pp.

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Prompted by growing concerns about man’s impact on the environment and environmental impacts on man, many national governments and international agencies are developing policies to protect land and water quality. In the UK, some of the main legislative drives are the Government targets for sustainable development, which focus on the re-use of Brownfield sites for 60% of new residential homes. Whilst this policy protects green belts around urban environments, Brownfield sites include land that may or may not be contaminated with chemical substances that are potentially harmful to life. Although links between long term human health effects and potentially harmful substances (PHSs) are often difficult to prove, the majority of regulatory authorities adopt a precautionary principal approach to legislate against high environmental concentrations of PHSs.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Chemical and Biological Hazards
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 09 Aug 2012 12:41 +0 (UTC)

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