Contaminated Land and Human Health

Andrew Kibble*, Paul Harold

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Pollutant Exposures and Public Health
EditorsRoy M. Harrison
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781788018951
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIssues in Environmental Science and Technology
ISSN (Print)1350-7583
ISSN (Electronic)1465-1874

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© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2021.


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