Environmental Enlightenment #208
By Ami Adini - Reissued June 13, 2017

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

Power of Simplicity
The EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Cleanup Technologies

Series 7: Vertical Engineered Barriers

See our Newsletter, Environmental Enlightenment #200, for introduction to one highly valuable, plainly written series of Citizen’s Guides published by the EPA at http://www.clu-in.org/products/citguide

With this issue we introduce the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Vertical Engineered Barriers. You can reach it through the hyperlink under the blue header below.


When all else fails, we contain.

Con-means together and –tain comes from Latin tenere (to hold). Thus, when a plume of contamination is contained, it is being held together in one place.

We contain wildfires.

Two Minnesota Army National Guard helicopters and 12 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade activated to support wildfire containment near Nimrod, MN (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenationalguard/), licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

We contain plagues.

We may choose to contain unruly persons.

Illustration by Charlotte Schaller-Mouillot in March 1916 issue of La Baïonnette (French journal published from 1915 to 1918, http://labaionnette.free.fr/1916/b037.htm

And, at times, mostly as a last resort, we elect to contain contamination from spreading elsewhere.

Go to the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Vertical Engineered Barriers at http://www.clu-in.org/download/Citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_vertical_engineered_barriers.pdf
for the rest. It is simple and fun to read.

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Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering including academic credits in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and postgraduate education in these fields. His career includes design and construction of nuclear plant facilities, chemical processing plants and hazardous wastewater treatment systems. He is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land, and a Registered Environmental Professional (REP) since 1989 with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP). He is a California Business & Professions Code Qualifying Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering Contractor classification with Hazardous Substance Removal and Asbestos certifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), a general engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.