Soil Testing For Lead and Cadmium

The Jasper County Health Department and local municipalities have a GIS map that outlines areas affected by the contamination from mining and smelting. If a dwelling is to be built within this area the lead program staff will conduct an assessment of the property to determine the presence of contaminants.

If the contamination levels exceed the action level set by EPA, the county lead program personnel will work with the builder and/or municipality in regards to remediation of the soil. If the soil conditions require cleanup, a plan will be developed by the builder that is consistent with remediation requirements. The plan will be approved by the health department lead program. A final inspection will be conducted by the health department to assure that adequate remediation has occurred prior to occupancy of the dwelling.


Clean Up Requirements

Surface soils containing greater than 400 ppm lead and/or 75 ppm cadmium must be remediated. Removal of contaminated soil by excavation is the preferred method.

Soil containing 400-799 ppm lead and/or 75-119 ppm cadmium must be covered with a minimum of 6 inches

Soil containing 800-1,499 ppm lead and/or 120-189 ppm must be covered with a minimum of 12 inches

Soil containing 1,500 ppm lead and/or 190 ppm cadmium or more must be covered with a minimum of 18 inches

Excavated soils contaminated with lead must be disposed of in an approved EPA repository

Fill or cover soil must be certified to contain less than 100 ppm lead and 40 ppm cadmium


Process for Remediation

Fill out a remediation plan and return it to the Jasper County Health Department. Once the plan is approved you will be notified with an approval letter. This letter must be taken to the permitting agency to receive your building permit.

After contaminated soil is removed, contact the Jasper County Health Department for intermediate testing prior to adding fill or cover soil.

When the remediation is complete, contact the Jasper County Health Department for final testing.If the final testing results meet remediation requirements you will be notified with a final clearance letter. This letter is required for obtaining an occupancy permit.

The remediation plan needs to include the following:

Whether you will excavate the contaminated dirt or layer it with clean soil

Any excavated soil that is contaminated will be taken to an approved EPA Repository

Any clean fill brought on the property will be certified to contain less than 100 ppm lead and 40 ppm cadmium

Remediation Form and Fact Sheet



Clean Soil Resources


Below is a list of resources for clean soil for the remediation of properties in Joplin. Other excavating companies may be used; however, all soil brought on site should be certified soil for remediation.

Camcor Environmental 417-455-3862
Ray Schmidt 417-437-1181
Kevin Southard 417-439-5373
Schrader Excavating 417-850-8629
Brian Southard 417-392-0065