Community Relations on Hazardous Waste Projects: A Successful Experience

by Udai P. Singh, CH2M Hill, Gainesville, FL, USA,
James E. Orban, CH2M Hill, Gainesville, FL, USA,
Nancy R. Tuor, CH2M Hill, Gainesville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Promoting good community relations is an integral part of hazardous waste projects. Before field investigations are conducted at a hazardous waste site, neighboring communities should be advised of the proposed work and of hazards the site might pose to them. A site-specific community relations plan can fulfill these objectives as well as elicit community input on decisions for remedial actions. Successful implementation and completion of hazardous waste projects depends on eliciting, documenting, and providing serious consideration to comments and concerns from local residents, officials, and community or environmental groups. Techniques used during the Biscayne Aquifer hazardous waste project in southeast Florida contributed significantly to better community relations.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Project management | Disasters and hazards | Occupational safety | Site investigation | Waste sites | Hazardous substances | Field tests | Florida | United States

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