SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Background Determination of Element and Anthropogenic Compounds in Soils of the Maryland Coastal Plain


Background concentrations of elements and anthropogenic compounds in soil were determined for the coastal plain region of the northern Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of a major military facility. Soils used to establish background are from off-site locations. Lead and octachlorodibenzodioxin were determined to be anthropogenic regional contaminants. The background concentrations of arsenic, beryllium, and manganese exceed Region III Environmental Protection Agency risk based criteria for residential soils.

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Nemeth, GR
ICF Kaiser Engineers, Abingdon, MD
Romano, DJ
ICF Kaiser Engineers, Abingdon, MD
Smegal, D
ICF Kaiser Engineers, Abingdon, MD
Paul, J
Directorate of Safety, Health, and Environment, MD
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 3–18
DOI: 10.1520/STP16013S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5326-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2000-6