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This paper evaluates damage case histories associated with land-based and non-land-based hazardous waste facilities in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III. This information was extrapolated from a nationwide study authorized by the EPA Office of Solid Waste. It provides an outline of the kinds of environmental damage associated with certain types of facilities and contamination events and measures the overall extent and damage resulting from mismanagement of hazardous wastes in the region.
Approximately 93% of the sites evaluated had evidence of suspected or documented contamination. Damage loss was suspected or documented at 73% of the sites involving contamination, with 38% of the sites evaluated having documented evidence of damage to human health or the environment. The data compiled in this study were used with similar information compiled from the other EPA regions, as part of the agency's ongoing Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) program and for use in preparing regulations tailored for specific facility types.
contamination, damage, documented damage, suspected damage, facility types, landfills, surface impoundments, containers, tanks, EPA Region III, volatile nonhalogenated organics, volatile halogenated organics, metals, hazardous wastes, industrial wastes
Manager, engineering design group, Solid and Hazardous Waste Services, Fred C. Hart Associates, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Associate and office manager, New York Office, Fred C. Hart Associates, Inc., New York, N.Y.