Site Characterization for Waste Disposal

by William E. Kelly, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA,
Istvan Bogardi, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Practice for Waste Disposal '87


Site selection is one of the key decisions in waste management. Site selection involves a conflict analysis which considers various engineering factors including geotechnical, as well as range of environmental and socioeconomic criteria. This paper shows how the geotechnical aspects are addressed in practice. The site selection and characterization process is considered in a systems context with the objective being to choose the best site from a set of possible sites. The geotechnical aspects of site selection are divided into three phases: site screening, initial site investigation, and detailed site investigation. The process is illustrated with a series of case histories which emphasize the role of the geotechnical engineer.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Hazardous wastes | Solid wastes | Waste disposal | Case studies | Soil pollution | Site investigation | Environmental issues

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