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Mixing Brown and Blue, Carefully

It is no mystery why we place heavy industry next to our waterways; they provide water for processing, cooling and transport. The demise of those industries has left behind abandoned or defunct waterfront sites that are in an excellent position to fulfill new industrial needs or meet the preferential needs of those who like to live, work and play close to water. But they also have their own remediation challenges. One of these is the need to prevent contaminants from migrating from the soil and groundwater into the adjacent river, lake or ocean. Developers accustomed to meeting regulatory requirements for inland sites may find themselves faced with a whole new set of regulations at a provincial/state or federal level which are intended to protect vulnerable shorelines and aquatic resources. In many cases, regulatory approvals require explicit consideration of the potential ecological risks from contaminated groundwater. Evaluating groundwater risks can be…Log In to Read Full Article

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