Clear as mud? Dealing with surplus construction soil
Dianne Saxe with Jackie Campbell
Movement of soils is big business in Canada. Hundreds of millions of tonnes of soil are transported every year, as basements and tunnels are dug, hills are levelled, harbours dredged, and hollows filled. And so it has been for hundreds of years. Soil is a valuable resource, and one not easily replaced. It can take over 500 years to form just two centimetres of topsoil; a single hectare of topsoil contains up to five tonnes of living organisms.
But, soil contamination, regulation, and remediation is also a very big business …
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