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Contaminated soil delays $6.7 billion tunnelling project

Tunnelling on a $6.7 billion Tunnel in Melbourne, Australia has been delayed due to the discovery of soil contaminated with chemicals including asbestos and PFAS.  The project is now facing potential cost blowouts, as the state government, joint-venture builders CPB Contractors and John Holland, and Transurban scramble to find a way to store, transport and clean the contaminated soil found at...
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Horse manure aids breakdown of engine oil in soil.

A mix of horse manure and conventional fertilizer shows promise in remediating soil contaminated by engine oil, according to researchers in Quebec, Canada,who have described an experiment in which they assessed the use of readily available organic matter to tackle oil-contamination in soil.  Kawina Robichaud and her colleagues, writing in the journal PeerJ, noted the challenges inherent in soil re...
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Is contaminated soil and air the cause of cancer in a Scottish school?

An international expert in public health has warned water supplies at a school built on toxic industrial waste may be less of a risk than potentially contaminated soil and air. Four teachers were diagnosed with the same rare cancer at the school in North Lanarkshire, UK where pupils and staff were told to drink bottled water after the mains supply ran blue. Professor Andrew Watterson, a spec...
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Don’t let Contaminated Soil Remediation costs hit you like a ton of bricks

The New Lincoln Elementary School was demolished without fanfare this summer after years of standing vandalized and vacant in Lackawanna’s 1st Ward. Officials now face a soil remediation project with a price tag approaching $400,000.  “Asbestos was removed from the building before demolition, but petroleum used for heating the building had leaked from tanks into the soil,” said Drew Shapiro, Lacka...
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Scientist uses bacteria to clean contaminated soil

Findings in environmental science are rarely applied commercially. Ray Sambrotto, a microbiologist and associate professor at Columbia University's Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory co-founded Allied Microbiota with Frana James, drawing on five years of exploratory research to identify microbes capable of remediating contaminated soil to address the legacy of environmental pollutants. Contaminated...
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