Addressing Toxic Pollution in Mexico
Author: Mauricio Limón Aguirre
Key elements for public policies on polluted sites remediation.
Regulatory Best Practices for Remediation of Legacy Toxic Contamination
Author: Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Region: Latin America
Lead Agency: Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
A report commissioned by the GAHP and conducted by The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice examines environmental remediation laws and regulations in seven Latin American countries and the US , and identifies practices that have proven to be particularly effective. The report goes on to distill the best practices into six governing principles that can be used as a model to support successful toxic sites cleanup and management across Latin America. A multi-national team of experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and the U.S. contributed to the report. Available in English and Spanish.
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Read the press release with summary of the six governing principles
Germany: Current State and Future Prospects of Remedial Soil Protection
This background paper presents an overview of the legislation and processes applied to remedial soil protection in Germany
Current state and future prospects of remedial soil protection
USA: Superfund information
Superfund is the US federal government’s program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. It is targeted to ensuring that the hazardous waste sites which remain on the National Priorities List are cleaned up to protect the environment and health.
This website provides topical information for the general public and for those involved in the Superfund program.
USA: Summary of Superfund Act
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act — otherwise known as CERCLA or Superfund — provides a Federal “Superfund” to clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous-waste sites as well as accidents, spills, and other emergency releases of pollutants and contaminants into the environment.
The Act, its history, and its implementation are summarized here.
Financing Remediation – Discussion Note
Physical remediation of contaminated sites is often hampered by lack of financial resources. Even where a responsible private party is identified there can be difficulties in implementing the Polluter Pays Principle and public funding may have be used. This Note provides context and information to support discussions on the critical question of raising finance for remediation.