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SURF points to harmful effects of climate change on haz-waste sites

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In the Resilient Remediation: Addressing Extreme Weather and Climate Change, Creating Community Value paper published in the Remediation Journal, the researchers have examined the impact hurricanes and extreme weather events are having on hazardous waste sites and investigates how these impacts could be reduced.  

The team has concluded that these events influence the effectiveness of remediation work, contaminant toxicity and exposure, the fate and transport of materials, and the long-term operation of sites.

The paper outlines site-specific protocols, provides worldwide examples of adaptation and mitigation strategies, and identifies opportunities to improve waste management policy and practice.

"SURF's recommendations can guide owners and project managers in developing a site resiliency strategy," the researchers say.

"Resilient remediation can help expedite cleanup and redevelopment, decrease public health risks, and create jobs, parks, wetlands, and resilient energy sources."

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