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In this exercise, students must navigate their hometowns and find the nearest superfund site to their homes (there is no shortage of superfund sites in NJ - 114 of the 1200 sites in the US are found in NJ). They then evaluate the information provided by the NPL websites to determine the activities that led to the pollution of the sites, the type of pollutants at the site and their transformation in soil and water. They then deal with risk assessment issues and describe the main health threats posed by those pollutants. An understanding of soil and pollutant chemical properties is then required to evaluate the efficacy of the remediation technologies used at that site. Each student is required to suggest at least one alternative remediation technology (physical, chemical, biological or thermal).
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