Rationalizing Environmental Cleanup

  • December 24, 1991
  • • Written by: Maurice Freedman

Fall/Winter 1991, Vol 16, No 2

Abstract: The scientific community is beginning to acknowledge that it is neither practical nor necessary to attempt costly and uncertain cleanup procedures of hazardous or toxic wastes that have contaminated the soil or groundwater. Instead they are suggesting common sense restrictions on land or groundwater use as remediation measures. This article suggests that public policy and environmental regulations should be modified to reflect this scientific thinking.