November 15, 2018

Global Trends: Climate Change and Resilience within Contaminated Lands Rehabilitation

William D. Wick, Barbara Maco, Lara Hansen, Paul Bardos, Eric Mielbrecht, and Tetsuo Yasutaka

Hurricanes Harvey and Maria demonstrated the impacts that climate change can have on contaminated lands—impacts that can threaten public health and the environment. Sites were inundated by floodwaters, releasing contaminants and exposing residents, first responders, and the regions’ fragile ecosystems to harmful levels of toxins. These threats can exist even on contaminated land that has been remediated to regulatory requirements.

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