Open-File Report 2011–1050
This report represents a remote sensing research effort conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the EPA Office of Inspector General. The objective of this investigation was to explore the efficacy of remote sensing as a technology for postclosure monitoring of hazardous waste sites as defined under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (Public Law 96–510, 42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq.), also known as "Superfund."
Five delisted Superfund sites in Maryland and Virginia were imaged with a hyperspectral sensor and visited for collection of soil, water, and spectral samples and inspection of general site conditions.
This report evaluates traditional and hyperspectral imagery and field spectroscopic measurement techniques in the characterization and analysis of fugitive (anthropogenic, uncontrolled) contamination at previously remediated hazardous waste disposal sites.
Posted May 23, 2011
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Slonecker, E.T., and Fisher, G.B., 2011, An evaluation of traditional and emerging remote sensing technologies for the detection of fugitive contamination at selected Superfund hazardous waste sites: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1050, 16 p., available only at https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1050/.
Remote Sensing of Hazardous Waste
Remote Sensing Data Collection and Analysis
Site Visit and Field Sampling
Analysis and Quality Control
Criteria for Elevated Metal Concentrations
Results of Analysis
Summary and Conclusions