Hazardous Waste Remediation and You

When hazardous waste seeps into your environment, serious issues can arise. Not only will the government crack down on your facility, there may also be health effects and other concerns. When sites are contaminated, they must be cleansed through a process known as remediation. Today we’re going to walk you through some of the finer points of remediation. Here’s what you need to know.

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How Does Land Become Contaminated?

When contaminants are not handled properly, they can seep into the land and lead to contamination. This can occur in a variety of different ways. For example, a hazardous waste may be mislabeled and thus, not handled as it should be. There are extensive rules and regulations that govern the way we manage hazardous substances and when these are not met, there can be serious consequences.

Hazardous waste can also contaminate sites when it is not inspected at regular intervals. Even when hazardous substances are contained properly, containment malfunction can happen and it’s up to you to catch that malfunction before damage can be done.

When land is steeped in contamination, it may be referred to as a “brownfield”, and in more serious cases, a “superfund”. Both types of sites can be rehabilitated and eventually reused when the contamination is removed. However, superfunds are considered to be a major threat to human life and/or the environment. Brownfields are much less dangerous. According to the EPA, brownfields only pose threats to the local economy because they cannot be used or developed.

When Does the Remediation Begin?

For the most part, hazardous waste site remediation is usually for clearing groundwater and soil of contamination. However, it can include the cleansing of sludge, buildings, surface water, bedrock, and other such sites as well. A site where contamination has been identified will need to be evaluated, which can be a lengthy process. Once the evaluation is complete, the remediation can begin. The methods used for remediation will be determined by the type of contamination and the level of contamination on the site. Whether your site is a superfund or a brownfield, you need to make sure that the land is cleansed else you may face legal repercussions.

Let Us Help Solve Your Hazardous Waste Needs

Whether you need help setting up precautionary measures, or help cleaning up contamination, Broadview Waste has your back. We can solve all of your hazardous waste issues, just give us a call at (800-660-6581).