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An evaluation of traditional and emerging remote sensing technologies for the detection of fugitive contamination at selected Superfund hazardous waste sites

Open-File Report 2011-1050

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Abstract

This report represents a remote sensing research effort conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the EPA Office of Inspector General. The objective of this investigation was to explore the efficacy of remote sensing as a technology for postclosure monitoring of hazardous waste sites as defined under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-510, 42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq.), also known as \"Superfund.\" Five delisted Superfund sites in Maryland and Virginia were imaged with a hyperspectral sensor and visited for collection of soil, water, and spectral samples and inspection of general site conditions. This report evaluates traditional and hyperspectral imagery and field spectroscopic measurement techniques in the characterization and analysis of fugitive (anthropogenic, uncontrolled) contamination at previously remediated hazardous waste disposal sites.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
An evaluation of traditional and emerging remote sensing technologies for the detection of fugitive contamination at selected Superfund hazardous waste sites
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2011-1050
Year Published:
2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
USGS
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Office of the Regional Executive Southeast Area
Description:
iv, 16 p.
First page:
i
Last page:
16
Number of Pages:
20
State:
Virginia;Maryl