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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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Poisoning the Well

Poisoning the Well

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(p.178) 11 Poisoning the Well
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High and Dry
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William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220384.003.0011

Virtually all chemicals that humans use can find their way into groundwater. The cost of aquifer protection through proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals is miniscule compared to the ongoing costs of trying to clean up a contaminated aquifer—if it’s even possible. This chapter provides historical background on major chemical pollutants and examines key difficulties surrounding chemical contamination and remediation of groundwater with examples from throughout North America.

Keywords:   aquifer clean up, contamination, hazardous chemicals, remediation

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