Why do we worry about contaminated sites?
When a site is found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals it is almost inevitable that people in affected communities become concerned about the potential impact on their health and the health of their families. This concern can occur regardless of the actual health risk, since the mere perception that there is a risk maybe sufficient to cause alarm. Health risk assessment is a tool which may be useful in establishing whether the community concerns are validated and offer options for management of the risks.
- Heavy meals and metalloids
- Mine tailings and leachates
- Petroleum hydrocarbons
- Volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOCs)
- ACHHRA has been a contributor to the review of the Contaminated Sites NEPM.
- ACHHRA has been part of a CRC-CARE program assisting industry with the management of sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, and also with an Australian Remediation Industry Cluster (ARIC) program.
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