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Iron is amongst the most common elements in the earth’s crust and can be found in great abundance in both the terrestrial and sediment environments. The relative contributions of anthropogenic iron to the existing natural pools of iron in soils and sediments is therefore not relevant either in terms of added amounts or in terms of toxicity. Based on these exposure considerations additional sediment and/or soil testing is not warranted.  More information about exposure based waiving for iron in soil and sediments can be found in attached documents (White paper on exposure based waiving for Fe and Al in soils and sediments final 15-03-2010.pdf - Position Paper_ FINAL 09_03_2010-2.pdf).

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