This book sets out to provide a description of the chemical analysis of potentially contaminated land for all those involved in risk assessment. It is not intended as a recipe book of analytical methods. Indeed, with the wide range of techniques and options available, it would be impracticable and unnecessary to document all potential methods, and methods can rapidly become superseded. The book aims to assist in specifying appropriate analyses, relevant strategies for carrying out analyses and methods of interpreting results within the new risk-based legislative framework for contaminated land. Risk assessors with no formal training in, or knowledge of, chemical analysis require an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of such analyses if they are to use analytical results in an intelligent and informed way.
The book is directed equally at the analytical chemist and the risk assessor (environmental scientist or engineer) responsible for commissioning analyses of potentially contaminated soil or water samples. It is written in a way that should prove helpful to both new and experienced practitioners. Other stakeholders in contaminated land management, such as environmental consultants, developers, land owners, legal advisers, insurers, local government and environmental protection agencies, will also find the volume of assistance. The book will provide analytical laboratories with an insight into the concerns and requirements of risk assessors.