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Land contamination can give rise to volatile contaminants which can pose a risk of harm to human health by asphyxiation or illness if inhaled. Vapours and gases such as methane may also pose a risk of fire or explosion.



Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

  • The Local Authority Guide to Ground Gas. Wilson, S., Card, G. and Haines, S.: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, London, 2008. - Out of Print



Environment Agency




United States Environmental Protection Agency


  • The Monitoring of Landfill Gas, Landfill Gas Monitoring Working Group report. IWM, 1998. (INFO-RA2-4g). This report is out of print but may be available from subscription libraries.
  • Gas protection measures for buildings. Methodology for the quantitative design of gas dispersal layers. Owen, R. and Paul, V. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference – Polluted and Marginal Land. 1998
  • Ground Gas Handbook. Wilson S, Card G, Haines S. Whittles Publishing. 2009.