There is growing recognition that contaminated land can have an impact on human health, whether it is children playing on contaminated sites or communities consuming food grown in polluted soil. However, the evidence base is still weak compared with that on air or water quality. In this chapter, the authors will explain how contaminants in soil can harm people, highlight some of the uncertainties around the current evidence and describe some of the key approaches in contaminated land risk assessment. Particularly attention will focus on some of the complexities in estimating exposure to soil and on the latest approaches to developing health-based soil guidelines.
|Title of host publication||Environmental Pollutant Exposures and Public Health|
|Editors||Roy M. Harrison|
|Publisher||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Name||Issues in Environmental Science and Technology|
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