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Comparing the Adoption of Contaminated Land Remediation Technologies in the United States, United Kingdom, and China

Hou, D and O'Connor, D and Al-Tabbaa, A (2014) Comparing the Adoption of Contaminated Land Remediation Technologies in the United States, United Kingdom, and China. Remediation, 25. pp. 33-51. ISSN 1051-5658

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Abstract

© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. In many locations across the world, land contamination poses a serious threat to human health and the wider environment. For instance, a report published on April 17, 2014, revealed that China now has 16.1 percent of its land contaminated by various organic and inorganic contaminants, posing a range of challenges from human health risk to food security. The innovation and adoption of suitable remediation technologies is critical for solving land contamination issues. However, little is known about the pattern of remediation technology adoption, as well as its determining factors. This study uses a questionnaire survey in the United States, United Kingdom, and China to examine the spatial variation of remediation technology adoption. It further explores the temporal trend of remediation technology adoption using secondary data from the U.S. Superfund program. The study identified significant differences in remediation technology adoption among these countries, which are attributed to the different environmental, social, economic, and regulatory contexts. It is argued that the full implications of remediation technology adoption to sustainable development should be further studied, and policy instruments should be designed accordingly to promote those remediation technologies that align the best with long-term sustainability. Technology developers may also use these implications to adjust their research and development priorities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:40
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 03:04
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