ATRISK SOIL Values Updated
13 November 2008, News release from Atkins
As part of the established ATRISKSOIL service, Atkins is now well on the way to rolling out a comprehensive set of updated Soil Screening Values (SSVs), developed using the new CLEA software and guidance.
The ATRISKSOIL service was released in 2004 as a local authority tool and
later widened to commercial clients. ATRISKSOIL is designed to be a
consistent decision making tool when assessing risk to humans from soil
contamination. The service supplies soil screening values (SSVs) for
common contaminants not currently covered by Soil Guideline Value (SGV)
reports issued by Defra and the Environment Agency. The service is based
on UK regulatory guidance and covers over seven land uses and 53
contaminants. Over 200 subscribers have used this live, web-based resource
since its launch.
Initially SSVs for residential without plant uptake and commercial land use scenarios will be available, with a release date of early December 2008. These will be closely followed by SSVs for the residential with plant uptake land use, and, for the first time, SSVs for allotments land use. SSVs for the exclusive and popular parks, playing fields and open spaces (land uses) will be available from the end of January 2009.
Updates include all the receptor and exposure assumptions in the CLEA report (new CLR10). Toxicological assumptions have been re-evaluated in the light of the TOX report (new CLR9) where appropriate. QA/QC procedures include cross-checking results against output from commercially available models and running values on two different PCs.
Future work will include continual re-evaluation as new toxicological reports and physio- chemical data is published by the Environment Agency.
Until 31 December 2008, prices will remain the same to new subscribers and existing subscribers who renew their subscription by this date. From 1 January 2009, yearly subscriptions will cost £350 to local authorities (instead of £250) and £750 to commercial subscribers (instead of £500).
Subscription covers any further updates during the year as a result of expected revisions to Environment Agency published guidance. Subscribers will be made aware of any updates. See website for details: www.atrisksoil.co.uk.
For further information please email Atkins