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Contaminated Land (CONTEST)

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  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • The LGC CONTEST scheme offers a comprehensive range of analytes in soils, soil extracts and standards solutions for the analysis of metals, inorganic contaminants, organics, soil leachates and solid waste.
  • Land contamination can pose both environmental and human health risks. The main causes of contamination are the direct discharge of industrial wastes, domestic pollution, over-usage of pesticides, oil and fuel dumping, leaching of wastes from landfills and leaking underground storage tanks which corrode over time releasing toxic substances into previously clean soils.
  • Participation in a proficiency testing scheme for soil, such as CONTEST, is a requirement of the UK Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS) ‘Performance Standard for Laboratories Undertaking Chemical Testing of Soil’.
  • Scheme operates from April to March

 

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Reporting Deadline

CN115 18 Feb 2019 18 Mar 2019
CN116 29 Apr 2019 28 May 2019
CN117 01 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019
CN118 23 Sep 2019 21 Oct 2019
CN119 18 Nov 2019 16 Dec 2019
CN120 17 Feb 2020 16 Mar 2020

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