Groundwater Contamination in the United States

Groundwater Contamination in the United States

Groundwater Contamination in the United States

Groundwater Contamination in the United States

Synopsis

"An excellent summary of the various aspects of groundwater contamination in the U. S., including a rational basis for action.... An excellent, easy-to-read compilation and critical assessment."- Water, Soil, and Pollution

Excerpt

This is the second edition of the book, Groundwater Contamination in the United States, byV. I. Pye,R. Patrick, andJ. Quarles. The purpose of this edition is to include the facts necessary to understand various types of groundwater contamination and how to mitigate their effects. Since the first edition, our knowledge about groundwater contamination and how to mitigate and prevent contamination has greatly improved.

This book discusses the characteristics of groundwater and its contamination. It includes the types of aquifers, the factors affecting the flow of groundwater, and its natural characteristics. It describes how groundwater is contaminated and the types of contamination most commonly found. What is known about the effects of various types of contaminants on human health and the environment are briefly discussed.

Various proposed strategies for preventing and managing groundwater contamination are set forth. Federal laws that pertain to groundwater contamination are given with particular emphasis on laws and regulations enacted since 1982. When compared with the first edition, much more attention is given to strategies and management of aquifers adopted by the states and the laws and regulations that are in place to prevent or at least mitigate contamination.

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