It is notable that the two countries with probably the most developed and extensive programmes for the ‘discovery’ of ‘problem’ hazardous waste sites, the Netherlands and the USA, are also the countries with the most developed systems for informing and involving the public and which have given greatest recognition to the impacts of such sites on individuals and communities. These two countries also have a high degree of public awareness of the environmental and health hazards associated with contaminated sites. In contrast, in the United Kingdom, where discovery programmes have been limited and contaminated land is usually dealt with in the course of redevelopment for housing, industry or some other beneficial use, public awareness is low and little attention has been paid to the ‘non-technical’ aspects of such sites.
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- An International Study on Social Aspects ETC. of Contaminated Land
M. A. Smith
- Springer Netherlands
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