Targeted Adaptation Strategies for Climate Impacts on Waste Facilities

Targeted Adaptation Strategies for Climate Impacts on Waste Facilities

Adaptation strategies are provided below, organized by climate threat. The strategies are intended to inform and assist communities in identifying potential alternatives. They are illustrative and are presented to help communities consider possible ways to address anticipated current and future climate threats to contaminated site management.

Climate Impacts

Temperature

Increased extreme temperatures and sustained changes in average temperatures may result in changing exposure rates or potential for spread of contamination from existing waste management sites.


Precipitation

More intense and frequent storms, in some communities, will result in inundation and flooding at landfills and contaminated sites increasing the possibility of the transport of contaminants through surface soils, ground water, surface waters and/or coastal waters.


Wind

Increased intensity of hurricanes may lead to spread of contaminants or damage to management structures.


Sea Level Rise

Sea-level rise, increased storm surge, more intense and frequent storm events may all affect site assessments, risk analyses and cleanup designs.


Wildfires

Increased frequency and intensity of wildfires may impact exposure and safety of existing waste and contaminated site management facilities.

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Fact Sheet Series. For more information please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document.

Disclaimer

The adaptation strategies provided are intended to inform and assist communities in identifying potential alternatives. They are illustrative and are presented to help communities consider possible ways to address current and future climate threats to contaminated site management. Read the full disclaimer.

 

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