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The problem of contaminated marine sediments has emerged as an environmental issue of national importance. Harbor areas in particular have been found to contain high levels of contaminants in bottom sediments due to wastes from municipal, industrial, and riverine sources. This paper briefly examines the extent and significance of marine sediment contamination in the United States, and reviews the state of the art of contaminated sediment cleanup and recent field studies or demonstrations.
sediments, contaminants, dredging, specialized equipment, case studies
Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritusvice president, Center for Dredging Studies, Texas A&M University, Civil and Ocean EngineeringConsulting & Research Services, Inc., College StationCollege StationWailuku, TXTXHI