Spills on the Great Lakes a Cause for Concern—The Need for Action to Prevent Them

by Walter A. Lyon, Univ of Pennsylvania, Camp Hill, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The present form of water transport of toxic chemicals on the Great Lakes, using inappropriate and obsolete forms of navigation control systems, presents the people and the ecosystem with the high probability of a chemical catastrophe. The present emphasis on contingency planning is inappropriate and leads to a false sense of security. It should promptly be changed to spill prevention.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Lakes | Chemicals | Toxicity | Hazardous wastes | Control systems | Ecosystems | Disasters and hazards | Great Lakes

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