Title: Soil screening values for assessing ecological risks 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2010 
Availability: Consultation web page: limit software and guidance 
Author 1/Producer: Environment Agency 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/consul ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Tools and procedures
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Toxicological information
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Soil-->Soil quality
Short description: An SSV is a value for a total concentration of a substance in soil which, if exceeded, will prompt further assessment as set out in the Environment Agency’s Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) framework. SSVs are used in Tier 1 of the ERA framework (Box 1) when concentrations of substances in the soil at the site of interest are compared against the SSVs. If the SSV is exceeded for any one of the contaminants, then further action is required either within Tier 1 or Tier 2 of the framework. It is not possible to determine a site as contaminated just on the basis of an SSV being exceeded. The exceedance of an SSV is simply a prompt to progress with the ERA. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 03/12/2010

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