Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers

Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers

by Committee to Assess the Performance of Engineered Barriers, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309108098

ISBN-13: 9780309108096

Pub. Date: 08/22/2007

Publisher: National Academies Press

President Carter’s 1980 declaration of a state of emergency at Love Canal, New York, recognized that residents’ health had been affected by nearby chemical waste sites. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, enacted in 1976, ushered in a new era of waste management disposal designed to protect the public from harm. It

Overview

President Carter’s 1980 declaration of a state of emergency at Love Canal, New York, recognized that residents’ health had been affected by nearby chemical waste sites. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, enacted in 1976, ushered in a new era of waste management disposal designed to protect the public from harm. It required that modern waste containment systems use “engineered†barriers designed to isolate hazardous and toxic wastes and prevent them from seeping into the environment. These containment systems are now employed at thousands of waste sites around the United States, and their effectiveness must be continually monitored.

Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers assesses the performance of waste containment barriers to date. Existing data suggest that waste containment systems with liners and covers, when constructed and maintained in accordance with current regulations, are performing well thus far. However, they have not been in existence long enough to assess long-term (postclosure) performance, which may extend for hundreds of years. The book makes recommendations on how to improve future assessments and increase confidence in predictions of barrier system performance which will be of interest to policy makers, environmental interest groups, industrial waste producers, and industrial waste management industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309108096
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/22/2007
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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