The issue of contaminated soils and their productive recovery is a quite controversial environmental and economic problem with important consequences for its social , public health and sustainability aspects. The sheer number and characteristics of the polluted sites are so large and varied, and the definition of priorities related to their remediation interventions so site-dependent, that proper characterization and final environmental quality goals reflect a strategic importance. One of the possible approaches to site specific approach and site priority ranking can be that of carrying out respectively absolute and comparative analysis procedures. An important aspect to be solved is represented by the necessity to consider not only the potential risk to public health, but also the best possible financial return from the investments for remediation, especially when carried out with public money. In this paper, different contaminated sites’ risk assessment approaches are considered, compared, and their applicability to support sustainable policies discussed using a case study.

Comparative application of different risk assessment models and implications on resulting remediation options

TORRETTA, VINCENZO
2014

Abstract

The issue of contaminated soils and their productive recovery is a quite controversial environmental and economic problem with important consequences for its social , public health and sustainability aspects. The sheer number and characteristics of the polluted sites are so large and varied, and the definition of priorities related to their remediation interventions so site-dependent, that proper characterization and final environmental quality goals reflect a strategic importance. One of the possible approaches to site specific approach and site priority ranking can be that of carrying out respectively absolute and comparative analysis procedures. An important aspect to be solved is represented by the necessity to consider not only the potential risk to public health, but also the best possible financial return from the investments for remediation, especially when carried out with public money. In this paper, different contaminated sites’ risk assessment approaches are considered, compared, and their applicability to support sustainable policies discussed using a case study.
benchmarking; contaminated sites; pollutants exposure; risk assessment; sustainable policy
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