Protocol for Aquifer Cleanup Decision Making at Military Installations,
OKLAHOMA UNIV NORMAN
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Hazardous wastes are of concern since they may be lethal, nondegradable, persistent in nature, andor biologically magnified. Planned and unplanned discharges of hazardous wastes can lead to soil contamination and, possibly, surface and ground water contamination as a result of surface runoff and subsurface transport. Soil contamination has occurred in the vicinity of planned landfills and liquid waste holding ponds which are located in permeable soils or improperly lined. Unplanned discharges can occur as a result of accidental spills, and soils in spill areas have also been contaminated. The final step in the protocol involves weighing the economic, environmental and risk assessments appropriately and deriving an optimum solution. A large number and wide variety of decision-making tools are available for selecting an optimum strategy from a list of alternatives.