An Atypical Way to Remediate

Adaptive Approach Integrates Cleanup With Demolition

The lesson to be learned from the award-winning cleanup of a contaminated fertilizer plant in Nebraska is this: Regulators are people, too.

Environmental regulators who approach remediation projects strictly by the book often do so because they believe it’s the only way to make sure the responsible party will do the right thing, explains Diana Marquez, an associate toxicologist at Burns & McDonnell.

“But if you can demonstrate you are serious about taking responsibility, even the most rigid regulator may be willing to compromise while still satisfying the goal,” she says.

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