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Columbia Law School

1993

Disposal of hazardous waste

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Finessing The Siting Conundrum, Michael B. Gerrard Jan 1993

Finessing The Siting Conundrum, Michael B. Gerrard

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There is a place that today's industrial society desperately wishes to find. In prior eras, people sought Nirvana or the Fountain of Youth or Shangri-La – states of mind (or nothingness) as much as places, really. The object of today's quest has no neighbors, no endangered or threatened species, no hydraulic link to precious groundwater; ideally, it has no connection to the biosphere at all.

That place is called "away," as in, "Let's dig up this contamination and haul it away," or, "We need to take this waste away." The public and private sectors in the United States ...