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Technical Paper: Asbestos Testing and Treatments in Soils. A Work in Progress

by James Clay and Stephanie Mailer, CampbellReith, with kind permission from SEEDA. This paper was first published in GE’s February 2008.

Work is ongoing at the former Vospers shipyard (Woolston Riverside, Southampton) to develop a solution for contamination issues that include asbestos in soils. CampbellReith, on behalf of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), has implemented a series of trials and research experiments to help clarify the level of risk presented by varying levels and types of asbestos in soils.

This will aid regulator approval on the appropriate level and type of remediation in the absence of standard assessment criteria for this commonly occurring contaminant. This article describes the current state of progress and considers forthcoming developments in the methods of testing for, and assessing the significance of, asbestos in soils by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

The remediation of the Woolston site is at the tender stage and a further technical report will be produced following remediation in 2008-09.

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