We are pleased to announce that BGS Soil Chemistry Data is now a standard component in your Envirocheck Report and available through Export.
British Geological Survey (BGS) Soil Chemistry datasets are now included in the Envirocheck Site Sensitivity & Datasheet component of your Envirocheck Report and available as a Digital Dataset supplied in GIS and CAD formats through Envirocheck Export.
These datasets present information on the topsoil concentration of five potentially harmful elements (PHEs): Arsenic (As), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Nickel (Ni) and Lead (Pb) which under certain circumstances can pose a significant health risk to plants, animals and humans. Elevated concentrations of PHEs can exist because of natural geological conditions or possible human contamination. The Estimated Soil Chemistry data provides, for the first time, a national UK map of ambient PHE concentrations and is derived from analysis of underlying geology and soil chemistry. The Urban Soil Chemistry is a dataset of measured PHE concentrations collected from intensive field sampling in 23 UK urban areas by the BGS.
The data can be used for site risk assessments and establishing if local elevated measurements in urban areas may be the result of contamination and are most powerful when both datasets are used together. Information describing actual and ambient background concentrations of PHEs can start to inform planning decisions and aid environmental consultants, developers, householders and their legal representatives in determining the potential risk and whether remediation is required.
For more information on BGS Soil Chemistry Data please contact your dedicated Account Manager or call Customer Services on 0844 844 9952.