When to Remediate: Remediation or Reparations

by K. C. Bishop, III, Chevron USA, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Detection, Control, and Renovation of Contaminated Ground Water


The 1986 reauthorization of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) forcefully stated Congress' desire to see our nations hazardous waste sites cleaned up. There is no question the public, state government, environmental organizations and industries all support this objective. The debate is no longer over funding levels, judicial remedies or taxes. As we get on with the program the focus of the debate will be, What is a remedial action? When and why are remedial action required? and, What are the public policy goals for such actions?

Subject Headings: Remediation | Environmental issues | Water pollution | Occupational safety | Hazardous materials | Liability | State government | Public policy

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