Global trends: climate change and resilience within contaminated lands rehabilitation

W.D. Wick, B. Maco, Richard Bardos, L. Hansen, E. Mielbrecht, T. Yasutaka

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Hurricanes Harvey and Maria demonstrated the impacts that climate change can have on contaminated lands—impacts that can threaten public health and the environment. Sites were inundated by floodwaters, releasing contaminants and exposing residents, first responders, and the regions’ fragile ecosystems to harmful levels of toxins. These threats can exist even on contaminated land which has been remediated to regulatory requirements.
According to a 2017 analysis by the Associated Press, nearly two million people, the majority in low income communities, live within one mile of one of 327 Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding or vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by climate change., See Jason Dearen, et al., AP Finds Climate Change Risk for 327 Toxic Superfund Sites, Associated Press, Dec. 22, 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16
Number of pages20
JournalNatural Resources & Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018

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