Soil Quality Testing in Ports: Why?

by Ann K. Farr, Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA,
Frank W. Pita, Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


The Port of Seattle has instituted an agency-wide environmental protection guidelines which include the option to prepare site histories and perform chemical screening of soils prior to any major land acquisition or project development. The approach for implementing this policy has been to consider retaining a qualified consultant to survey historical documents, aerial photos and real estate records. Depending on the results, the Port's environmental staff and/or consultant may tailor a program of field testing and laboratory analysis. The results of the site history and chemical testing are analyzed in light of potential risks to worker health and safety, hazardous and solid waste regulations, potential for groundwater contamination and options for disposal of contaminated soils offsite. Various case histories are discussed.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Soil pollution | Soil tests | Soil analysis | Environmental issues | Ports and harbors | Impact tests

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