Remediation Technologies for Organochlorine-Contaminated Sites in Developing Countries

  • Alberto Bezama
  • Rodrigo Navia
  • Gonzalo Mendoza
  • Ricardo Barra
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 193)


Despite its importance in human life, until recently the relationship between soils and human health has been undervalued, especially in least developed countries. Currently, a holistic approach has been incorporated to identify best practices in soil science, defining it as “the task of all people concerned with the soil to direct their interest, not just towards the physical, chemical, and biological aspects, but also to those environmental, economic, social, legal, and technical aspects that affect soil use” (Abrahams 2002; Fent 2003). Considering this definition, the European Union (EU) as well as most developed countries have recognized organochlorine-contaminated sites as potential threats to the human health, threats that take different forms, such as their influence on water (e.g., drinking water resources), soil, and air as well as their interrelationships, which can directly affect human health (EC 2002; EP 2002; Bezama et al. 2004). Moreover, economic expansion and industrial growth are linked with growing lack of “greenfields” (a term that defines all areas without previous history of development): the supply of new building sites is limited and must contend with other competing uses, such as housing, recreation, nature, traffic, or agriculture (De Sousa 2001; Tedd et al. 2001). Thus, cleaning and reusing contaminated sites can be a meaningful alternative to address this issue, because most contaminated sites are located in metropolitan centres and are, therefore, prime candidates for urban development (Lorber et al. 2004).


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Vadose Zone Organochlorine Compound Reductive Dechlorination Hazard Mater 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Bezama
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Navia
    • 2
  • Gonzalo Mendoza
    • 1
  • Ricardo Barra
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences Center EULA-ChileUniversity of ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of La FronteraTemucoChile

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