Brownfield Sites And Environmental Law. Objectives: Define brownfields and explain how they form and what laws are in place to clean them up. Humans are poisoning the Earth!. Major accidents Improper disposal of waste Careless, or ignorant use of resources
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Brownfield SitesAnd Environmental Law
Objectives: Define brownfields and explain how they form and what laws are in place to clean them up.
Can you identify how?– Think of examples
Pesticide plant producing toxic gases
11 Million Gallons!
This was an oil tanker that ran aground in Alaska spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil
210 Million Gallons!
The oil “spill” in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 that spewed oil for 87 days. It was the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry
April 26, 1986
After the meltdown, 237 people suffered from acute radiation sickness. 31 died in the next few months.
From 1986 to 2000: 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas
Piece of land that was once used for industrial purposes and is now typically abandoned because of suspected contamination
Lead and copper
Gasoline and oil
Mercury and arsenic
Cancer and birth defects
Physical and mental disorders
Economic Incentivesvs. Health and Environmental Impacts
Natural Gas Fracking
Deep Oil Drilling
Sometimes we don’t always know that a site is dangerous until people start getting sick
1950’s-1970’s – many suspicious illnesses in this NY neighborhood –
*A woman developed a debilitating weakness and had
to give up working
*a child was born with multiple birth defects
*kids with strange rashes and allergies
*Trees and shrubs dying
*Noxious chemical smells over the neighborhood.
What’s going on???
Part 1 – six min
Part 2 – six min
High rates of leukemia in the area around the wells.
Trichloroethylene contamination of the town's water supply by three different chemical companies.
Can we fix it? Yes we can!!
Superfundis the common name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), a United States federal law designed to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances.
Can we fix it? Yes we can!!
In 1955 the Charles River in Boston was so polluted anyone who fell in the river had to get a tetanus shot.
Clean up started in the 1960s and in July 2007 the river hosted its first official swim race in decades.