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.

You can find past issues of "Environmental Enlightenment" at www.amiadini.com with wealth of information about issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater.

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