Building on Contaminated Soil – What You Need To Know

As the pool of available land becomes smaller, companies have begun buying up discounted contaminated land. While this is a good business strategy, contaminated soil or groundwater can pose a serious health threat to builders and businesses alike.

While health consequences vary depending on levels of exposure and the types of chemicals, scientists can agree that contaminated land can affect an entire community.

The polluted soil can harm anyone who treads on the land, plays in the soil or inhales vapours released to the surrounding atmosphere.

Chemicals in the soil can also leach into the local groundwater aquifer,  placing the health of entire communities who use the aquifer at risk.

Can You Build On Top Of Contaminated Land/Soil?

With the reduction in the quantity of virgin land in prime locations companies have begun turning to a remediation contractor to redeem the value of the land so it can be reused.

However, fixing the land is often time-consuming and costly. An environmental remediation company may employ a variety of methods to effectively and safely remediate the soil.

Since every plot of land, ranging from a contaminated brownfield site to an old mining area, is different, each method of remediation is different.

Environmental contractors work with consultants to provide landowners with the best cost-effective approach based on the nature of the contaminants, the owner’s plans, and the owner’s timeframe.

They handle all logistics with respect to the remediation process, including the acquisition of permits and approvals, site set-up, earth movement, treatment, compaction of material in any excavation and final grading and restoration

Owning and building on land with contaminated soil or groundwater are harmful not just for your company, but also for the surrounding environment.

It is in your best interest to remediate the contaminated elements as quickly as possible.

FERRO Canada has an excellent support team that can be of assistance in a variety of remediation services. For more information about remediating land, call the C.R.A.S.H. team at 1-877-429-7760 or contact FERRO today.

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