Special Issue "Remediation and Analysis of Soil, Air, and Water Pollution"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Prof. Dr. Jason K. Levy
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, University of Hawaii, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
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Interests: disaster risk governance; sustainable hazard mitigation; stochastic and statistical hydrology; sociohydrology; fluvial and marine disasters; global climate change, computational intelligence for water management; hydrologic resilience; process-based modeling of coupled human–water systems; inundation; economics of water resources management; drought
This Special Issue deals with the remediation and analysis of soil, air and water pollution. This issue is particularly urgent and important in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. For example, hundreds of US Gulf coast industrial facilities are emitting hazardous materials into the environment. At least 14 toxic waste sites were flooded or damaged, raising fears of waterborne contamination; nearly 100 spills of hazardous substances have been reported.
In particular, in the last week of August 2017 alone, 46 facilities in 13 Houston-area counties reported an estimated 4.6 million pounds of airborne emissions that exceeded state limits. In Texas, many plants in the hurricane’s path deliberately released extra pollutants into the air when they shut down in preparation for the storm, and again when they resumed operations. For example, a plastic plant southwest of Houston released over one million points of excess emissions including toxic gases like benzene, when it restarted after the storm.
In the context of this Special Issue, "remediation" refers to means to solve environmental problems. There are a wide variety of cutting edge "bio-remediation" approaches to use biological organisms to address contaminated soil or groundwater. Bioremediation works by providing pollution-eating organisms with fertilizer, oxygen, and other conditions that encourage their rapid growth. These organisms would then be able to break down the organic pollutant at a correspondingly faster rate. In fact, bioremediation is often used to help clean up oil spills. On the other hand, bioremediation may not provide a feasible strategy at sites with high concentrations of chemicals that are toxic to most microorganisms. These chemicals include metals such as cadmium or lead, and salts such as sodium chloride.Prof. Dr. Jason K. Levy
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- soil, air and water pollution
- environmental quality
- human health