The region of choice is Burlington, Iowa. In this region the decisions made in regards to environment protection are made in line with the provisions of the town’s rules and regulation in regards to this particular matter. In Burlington, Iowa there have been many cases taken to court that protested the way in which environment protection is been done in the region. In this region most cases revolve around construction of buildings and infrastructure on inappropriate land. These cases have been on the increase in the region as the quest to modernized cities is becoming greater. Apart from developing building and skyscrapers, the region is also known for its major clean up services. Over the past century, the growth of the number of these cleanup sites has risen by about 50 percent. This is evidence on the rate at which the sensitivity of this issue is growing. A majority of these sites focus on how well to rehabilitate sceneries and catchment areas. According to Stewart (1972) this has made it possible for the important aspects of the environment to be protected. Additionally, the sites in this region also aim at creating initiatives that address the issue on emergency preparedness. In creating these sites more than just clean up activities are usually considered. Other issues considered are emergency preparedness, benefits to the community, the regions law and regulation in regards to environment protection, long term advantages to the region and the benefits of the initiative as a corporate venture.
Some of the sites in Burlington, Iowa include;
– AGFA Corp. – Peerless Photo Products ,
– General Electric – Auburn Plant,
– Gowanus Canal,
– Hooker – Hyde Park,
– Hudson River PCBs,
– Lockheed Martin Corporation – Ocean Radar and Sensor Systems,
– Occidental Chemical Corporation – Buffalo Avenue,
– Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area,
– Peninsula Boulevard Ground Water Plume,
– Pride Solvents & Chemical Company Incorporated,
– Rowe Industries Groundwater Contamination,
– Schenectady International Incorporated – Rotterdam Junction,
– Shenandoah Road Ground Water Contamination Site,
– Smithtown Ground Water Contamination,
– West Valley Demonstration Project USDOE,
– Triumvirate Environmental Incorporated,
– Solvents & Petroleum Service Incorporated,
– Momentive Performance Materials Silicones, LLC,
– New Cassel/Hicksville Groundwater Contamination Site,
– Occidental Chemical Corporation – Buffalo Avenue,
– Niagara Mohawk Seventh North,
– Niagara Mohawk Power Co. saratoga Springs,
– Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals, LLC,
– Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Site, IBM Corporation – TJ Watson Research Center Yorktown,
– Frontier Chemical Waste Process, Inc. – Royal Avenue Facility,
– Eastman Kodak Company – Kodak Park.
In Burlington, Iowa many laws have been created to govern the way in which these sites operate. Regardless of their quest to protect the environment the sites activities are governed by the law that are aimed at protecting the environment. Firstly, the law not to develop any environmental catchment area is strictly adhered to. For instance, the proximity of these sites to water bodies is restricted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency this law was formulated since some sites encroached water bodies for their own benefits and interest in the name of protecting the environment. The author further argues that the relevance of this law is significant since the number of sites licensed to operate new water bodies has been reduced and the rate at which these catchment areas have increased is great.
In the management of emergency operations these sites are of great significance. This is because the provided sites are the major sites that provide environment protection services. With the exposure to these sites and laws and regulations that govern the way they operate it would be an obvious assumption that Burlington, Iowa could have the greatest environment protective measures across the whole country.
In preparing these sites to fully function as environment protection units, there are usually preparation tactics that are prepared as a general from of initiation to the project. Firstly, there is staff training which involves the creation of a human resource force that is environmental cautious. In all sites, the site has specific operations and objectives that it aims to achieve. This is greatly dependable on the type of specifications that a site aims at achieving. In many of these sites, clean up and environment protection comes as the first priority. With these specifications, the sites are provided with options that they will undertake when disposing off waste and cleaned up materials. This is just an example of the provisions these sites need together with the basics and needs to operate under. According to Diamond (2008) if these sites are given no rule or regulation to operate under, there would be just a bunch of organization which does not have the betterment of the environment as their main objective. With support and legal provisions, the power, authority and significance of these sites are greatly increased (Earth Trends, 2003).
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