Annotated Bibliography-RK

Rabiya Khan

Managing Contaminated Sediments, Patrick Jacobs and Ulrich Forstner, Review Articles of  Department of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Technology of Hamburg-Harburg, (2001)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389420321221?casa_token=8KdFJX73f9YAAAAA:4invMTTInQzxBqBPDdZmQJGll6pWy91qnmiMb6jvy2l8Bmxme0HzpORLewWkQSYGDGMaFq0JJw

This information will help me explain the risks and dangers of recycling contaminated soil. There are a lot of methods of disposal in this research, but I will have enough information to draw my own conclusions. This was published in 2001 and mentions that these methods are cost effective and have been used for decades, this will help me prove that the Metro12 recycling plant uses outdated and cheap tactics to get rid of this type of waste. It explains that heavy metal contamination is the most difficult to process, and has the highest potential for danger making it more important to expose this recycling facility. 

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New Methods of Cleaning up Heavy Metal in Soils and Water, Micheal Lambert, Hazardous Substance Research Center, (2000)

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.files/fileID/14295

This is a brief meant to educate the public about alternative ways to treat contaminated soil. Metal contaminants are very hard to recycle, this analysis will help me prove that the Metro12 waste site could have been cleaned up in more environmentally sound ways. There are many techniques listed in this source and it provides cost estimates and time frames that are so much more efficient than the process happening now. It gave me more reason to criticize the risky decisions of this project since they decided to cut corners instead of going for more environmentally sensitive methods of recycling than capping. 

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New York’s Fresh Kills Landfill Gets an Epic Facelift, Elizabeth Royte, Audubon, (2015)

https://www.audubon.org/magazine/july-august-2015/new-yorks-fresh-kills-landfill-gets-epic

This article describes the environment of Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. This was once the largest landfill, but environmental recycling has made this park the epitome of progress and community prioritization. There is a lot of historical data I can use to prove how differently New Jersey and New York deal with contaminated wastes. It is benefiting not only the people, but also the health and wildlife of the Rahway River. It describes the history of the tri-state area, specifically of the types of wastes abandoned here. The fact that this project relied heavily on community participation can be compared to the lackluster involvement of New Jersians and their environment. 

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Keywords: Recycling, Landfill, contamination, waste