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Understanding Brownfield Remediation and their Impact on Public Health: A Comparative Analysis

Brownfields in Milwaukee County

Anthony Anderson

on 5 December 2011

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Transcript of Understanding Brownfield Remediation and their Impact on Public Health: A Comparative Analysis

Understanding Brownfield Remediation and
their Impact on Public Health:
A Comparative Analysis

Anthony Anderson
Kevin Smith
Chelsea Weirich
"Brownfield" “EH and safety is the art and science of protecting human function, promoting aesthetic values, and preventing illness and injury through the control of positive environmental factors and the reduction of potential physical, biological, and chemical hazards” (Herman Koren, 2003) "Environmental Health" “a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or re-use of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant” (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011) Phase III:
Remedial Action Plan Visual, Interviews, environmental liens, historical documents, search,databases, and others investigative means.
Phase II: Site Investigation Soil borings and samples
Water monitoring wells and samples
Analysis of samples Additional collection and analysis
Establish necessity of remediation
Development of Action Plan
Off-site disposal Method Public Health Concerns Before After Harley-Davidson Museum Prior Use: Morton Salt Company Contaminate: Petroleum & USTs Cost: $1.25 Million Remedial Benefit:
Tax Revenue, Museum, Jobs. The North End Before After Prior Use: Pfister & Vogel Tannery Contaminate(s): HMs, VOCs, PAHs Cost: Mandel Group, LLC &
EPA + City grants/loans Remedial Benefits: Residential & Retail VOCs PAHs Metals Petroleum 31st & Lisbon Ave
(1624 N. 31st St.) Background Assessment Process Phase I: Site Assessment Pb Cr Cu Fe Zn Prior use: Unknown Contaminants: VOCs, PAHs,
Metals & Petroleum. Cost: Phase I & II, $22.5k Remedial Benefit: Removal of Contaminants Legislative Enforcement 1980 - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; (CERCLA) or Superfund Act.
Federal Gov. Response
Orphan sites
Brownfields vs Superfunds 1986 - Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act; SARA.
Public Decision Making
State Involvement
Permanent Strategies Remediation Techniques In-well Air Stripping Filtration SVE Treatment Train PAHs
Skin irritation
Liver Lung, & Kidney Damage
Reproductive issues
Benzene = know carcinogen
Headaches, nausea,dizziness
Damage to blood, kidney & CNS VOCs
Irritation of nose, eyes, & throat
Neurological effects
Nausea, headaches
Liver, kidneys & CNS Metals
Eye damage
Ulcers & GI issues
Respiratory issues
Liver & kidney damage
Anemia Discussion
Questions ? Limitations of Clean-up Strategies

Cost Size VOCs & PAHs in Soil samples Petroleum & Metal in Groundwater Metal in Soil PAHs & VOCs in Groundwater Positive Impacts of
Brownfield Remediation
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