Research and analysis

Land contamination: soil guideline values (SGVs)

Soil guideline values (SGVs) for chemicals to assist in the assessment of risks from contaminated land.

Documents

Soil Guideline Values for arsenic in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for arsenic

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Soil Guideline Values for benzene in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for benzene

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Soil Guideline Values for cadmium in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for cadmium

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Soil Guideline Values for dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs in soil

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGVs for dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs

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Soil Guideline Values for ethylbenzene in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for ethylbenzene

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Soil Guideline Values for mercury in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for mercury

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Soil Guideline Values for Phenol in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for phenol

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Soil Guideline Values for selenium in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for selenium

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Soil Guideline Values for toluene in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for toluene

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Soil Guideline Values for xylene in soil: SGV technical note

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Supplementary information for the derivation of SGV for xylene

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Technical notes that describe ‘soil guideline values’ (SGV) for individual, or groups of similar, chemicals to assist in the assessment of risks from land contamination.

SGVs are an example of generic assessment criteria and can be used in the preliminary evaluation of the risk to human health from long-term exposure to chemicals in soil.

The publication ‘A guide to Soil Guideline Values’ gives an introduction to SGVs.

The Environment Agency has withdrawn the Soil Guideline Value (SGV) for nickel and its supporting reports. You may still view them on the Environment Agency national archive site. The reason for this is that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a report in February 2015 containing new recommendations about nickel. The Environment Agency have no plans to update the documents or produce any new SGV reports.