Clean-Up of Contaminated Soils: A Necessary First Step in Industrial Land Redevelopment

by Dennis D. Lang, Toronto Harbour Commissioners, Toronto, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


This is a paper describing efforts by The Toronto Harbour Commissioners to demonstrate how several technologies can be effectively integrated to remove or reduce contaminant levels in soils such that contaminated industrial lands can be decontaminated for less cost than the cost of excavating the contaminated soil and disposing of it in licensed landfills. Since the technologies actually remove contaminants from the soil, the cleaned lands result in unencumbered title, meaning that the liability for future clean-up will be reduced to a level that will be acceptable to developers and their lenders and insurers, as well as to regulatory authorities.

Subject Headings: Soil pollution | Land use | Industrial wastes | Soil treatment | Waste treatment | Ports and harbors | Pollutants | Benefit cost ratios | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

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