Acid Sulphate Soils Guideline

Draft Treatment and management of disturbed acid sulfate soils and acidic ground and surface waters



Introduction

Stockpiling ASS

Neutralising ASS

Neutralising water

Further Information

References

 

Acid Sulfate Soils Guideline Series

Draft Treatment and management of disturbed acid sulfate soils
and acidic ground and surface waters

1.0 Introduction

The disturbance of acid sulfate soils (ASS) by excavation, drainage or dewatering can cause severe environmental problems unless managed correctly. Several management techniques used to mange disturbed acid sulfate soils may also cause environmental risk unless they are implemented correctly. Before any of the following management strategies are used, a proponent should provide a risk assessment and documented scientific justification to the Department of Environment and Catchment Protection (DEWCP) that the process will not impact on the values of the receiving environment or pose a risk to public health.

2.0 Purpose of the Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information on:
  • the management of ASS stockpiles and defining the level of treatment that is necessary to neutralise existing acidity plus potential acidity associated with the disturbance of ASS; and

  • the levels of management and reporting that are expected for these treatment methods.


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