+Walsh, William J. et al., An Evaluation of Chemical Contamination in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (UCB Institutional License) (provided by: UCB institutional license) Environment Reporter, Vol. 37, No. 43 (Nov. 3, 2006)
Disasters & the Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
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"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, concerns over a potential 'toxic gumbo' in New Orleans and concerns for public safety were paramount for state and federal agencies. This concern was evidenced by the unprecedented nature of the investigation of residential floodwater sediment contamination. Looking at the Environmental Protection Agency's residential sediment and soil sampling results, the authors attempt to place these results in the appropriate scientific context, to provide some preliminary suggestions concerning the lessons learned, and to examine policy issues that have arisen in this situation and that may arise in a future disaster. The authors believe the compressed risk management approach used by EPA may be useful in other large scale contamination events."