Dangers of Toxic Dumping in Residential and Commercial Areas

Why Toxic Dumping is so Hazardous

Across the country and even the world, the toxic dumping of hazardous materials is all too prevalent. The materials of toxic dumping can take all sorts of forms—poisonous chemicals from manufacturing, the waste from a city septic system, runoff from automotive garages and gas stations, and more. Toxic dumping encompasses all sorts of hazards, including liquids, solids, sludges containing contaminations ranging from those that are chemical, those that are filled with radiation, or those that are simply toxic. With such a wide umbrella, the toxic dumping issue is one that poses many potential risks to public health, the environment, and general well-being.

Proper storage of hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is a common byproduct of activities deemed necessary for modern life—it’s created at farms, industrial facilities, laboratories, hospitals, construction sites, and more. The existence of hazardous waste is not the issue, as various environmental oversight agencies (such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state departments of environmental protection) mandate how the waste is to be handled and what designated facilities are appropriate for housing the waste. Typical hazardous waste facilities store the waste underground in adequately sealed containers or using best practices for containment, and eventually those sites are closed off and used for other purposes—such as brownfields suitable for commercial or industrial use or reused greenspace.

Where is toxic dumping a threat?

Unfortunately, hazardous material is not always contained in the way it should. Some sites of toxic dumping were created before 1976, when the Environmental Protection Agency first started regulating hazardous waste. However, other sites of toxic dumping occur simply because people skirt the laws and choose to engage in illegal toxic dumping—sometimes out of ignorance, but more often because illegal dumping is more convenient and significantly cheaper than proper storage.

However, the act of toxic dumping is not always a matter of an act of malice. In fact, one of the most common forms of toxic waste contaminating soil and water comes from the agricultural industry where pesticides get spread when storm water causes runoff to carry the chemicals to commercial and residential areas both near and far. As a result, regulations regarding toxic dumping are critical to protect people everywhere, not just those who might be near more obvious hazardous waste threats like industrial sites.

Toxic dumping is a critical issue because of the health threats they pose. Being exposed to such hazardous materials can result in any of the following issues:

  • Chemical carcinogens in hazardous materials can cause cancer
  • Contaminants can make their way into groundwater, thus making the drinking water unsafe
  • Mercury is commonly a component of hazardous materials, exposure to which can cause mercury poisoning

What can be done about toxic dumping?

The first step is to prevent toxic dumping from occurring in the first place, which is where government regulation and enforcement is key. But outside of that, once toxic dumping occurs, and land, soil, or water are contaminated, then it becomes critical for trained professionals to go to the site and take soil samples. Through testing these samples, experts can determine the exact makeup of the contaminants and identify how to clean it up.

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With over 25 years of experience as Environmental Consultants, you can trust in the Entech Group in addressing your needs in response to toxic dumping, from soil sampling to investigating illegally dumped materials to ultimate cleanup. Our team members have the qualifications to complete your environmental engineering jobs the right way.

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