Waste Cleanup: Lessons Learned

by M. John Cullinane, Jr., Research Civil Engr.; U. S. Army Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Miss.,
Richard A. Shafer, Research Civil Engineer; U. S. Army Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Miss.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 6, Pg. 41-43

Document Type: Feature article


Since hazardous waste mitigation is a new science, engineers need to pass on their experiences. The U. S. Army Waterways Experiment Station, seeking to expand the hazardous waste knowledge base, surveyed 150 public and private sector personnel involved in remedial projects. The study, prepared for the Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity in Port Hueneme, Calif., identified some of the problems in hazardous waste cleanups and the lessons learned. The respondents' early experiences with hazardous waste mitigation included project delays and other rude surprises. The key, they concluded, was project planning. They recommended setting cleanup criteria, defining project scope, hiring experts, defining contractor responsibility, setting realistic schedules and communicating effectively with the public.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Hazardous wastes | Waste treatment | Environmental issues | Waterways | Knowledge-based systems | Hydrographic surveys | Public private partnership

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