1st Edition

Emerging Contaminants Anticipating Developments

    128 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Emerging Contaminants: Anticipating Developments examines the factors that have led "new" environmental contaminants to emerge in the past and combines the lessons learned to anticipate potential new developments. The analyses described in this book originate in multiple disciplines: the science of toxicology; environmental law and regulation; the field of product stewardship; and the social science which explains why ideas take hold. Over a dozen case studies of contaminants that emerged as environmental issues over the last hundred years illustrate crucial points. The results of the analyses in this book support a step-by-step method to assess the potential for a contaminant to emerge, and a framework to apply those conclusions to managing site liabilities.


    • Describes an unprecedented understanding of why contaminants emerge as issues, based on a multidisciplinary analysis
    • Makes abstract concepts tangible, basing analyses on data and illustrating key points with case studies
    • Enables readers to anticipate and prepare to manage future challenges associated with emerging chemicals
    • Presents an analytical framework for companies to assess and manage business risks

    Written for regulators, policymakers, industry professionals with responsibility for contaminated site management, as well as attorneys, and consultants, this book provides a framework for anticipating the emergence of new contaminants so that the risks–whether to human health and the environment or to a business–can be anticipated and appropriately managed.

    1 Introduction

    2 We Find What We Look For

    3 Emergence of "New" Contaminants

    4 Conclusion: Managing Risks


    Kathleen Sellers, PE leads multidisciplinary consulting teams that help global companies to meet their business goals through effective product stewardship and sustainability. This is her fifth book with CRC Press. From her first book, Fundamentals of Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (1996) through her penultimate publication Product Stewardship, Life Cycle Analysis and the Environment (2015), she has explored the challenges of recognizing and responding appropriately to emerging environmental issues relating to chemicals and nanomaterials. Kate has used the content of her books to generate broader conversations through teaching courses at Tufts University, Indiana University, and Harvard University Extension School. She is a founding Board member of the Product Stewardship Society and served as President from 2017 to 2019. Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Indiana University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

    Denice Nelson, Ph.D., PE, a partner at ERM, specializes in remedial strategy development. In the course of her work, she has developed site characterization and remediation approaches for a variety of contaminants, both conventional and emerging. She brings to her work a keen appreciation for the technical, regulatory, and public perception factors that shape decisions about emerging contaminants in the environment. She holds a B.C.E. and MS in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

    Nadine Weinberg has been working in the field of environmental risk assessment for 30 years. Her work on this book reflects various perspectives on risk assessment. She worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support chemical regulation related to the Superfund program and air quality. Over the last 25 years, Nadine has been primarily focused on working with commercial and industrial companies to understand potential human and ecological risks from chemical exposures in the environment. Nadine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.