Bradley Reynolds, An Examination Of The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, And Liability Act And Cumulative Community Contamination Sites
Faculty Chair: Dr. John Tucker
There is in existence a Chattanooga Creek Electronic Database as compiled by the environmental consulting firm of Mary Walker and Associates, Inc. for the Chattanooga Creek Community/University Partnership, an EPA funded project designed to further the goals of environmental justice. This database contains extensive information on a wide variety of contaminants found along the creek including polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and metals, as well as information on general water quality parameters. Likewise, a second database exists. This database, also compiled by Mary Walker, Inc., contains similar analytical data on contaminants found in the South Chattanooga community neighboring the creek. The compiled data clearly shows that contaminants are present in not only the immediate Creek vicinity, but also in the adjacent neighboring community gardens, playgrounds, parks, and football fields. This project will examine the area’s history and background in light of the environmental justice movement and focus on the deficiencies of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act in dealing with off-site pollution. This project will also present solutions and suggestions by which law and policy makers can address the adverse effects of cumulative community contamination (3C) in residential areas neighboring Superfund sites.