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The Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection for the Flowing Railroad Site
Discuss within your group
the following questions about the Flowing Railroad site. The only information
you have about the site is contained in the fact
sheet you just read. Your group should answer these questions
(space is provided after each question) and select a spokesperson to
present your answers.
What are your biggest
concerns regarding the site and why?
- Health concerns (e.g.,
cancer, neurological disorders) from drinking polluted water,
food chain contamination, or breathing air contaminated by the
- Environmental resource
concerns, including fish in the Flowing River?
What are the ways in
which the contamination can spread? (These are commonly referred to
as "routes of migration.")
- Melting snow?
- Humans trespassing
on the site?
- Are there other ways?
How would you rank the
threats to human health and the environment from this site? Choose
from the list of threats below, or come up with your own. What is
the rationale for your ranking of the threats?
- Groundwater, the source
of drinking water for the neighboring Town of Ruralville and the
nearby City of Utopia?
- Flowing River, which
serves as a source for irrigation and municipal wells, in addition
to recreational and subsistence fishing?
- Air and wind?
What actions could be
- Put up a fence?
- Provide drinking
- Are there others?