TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering and the University of Idaho have undertaken the International Environmental Health and Restoration Initiative, a joint Research and Development project to adopt and apply environmental cleanup methodologies used in the U.S. to hazardous waste sites in the developing world. This is accomplished through cooperative projects implemented in conjunction with local governments, universities, and NGOs.

The Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to site assessment and characterization, development of community support groups, and preliminary cleanup design activities. The conceptual cleanup plans are then used to support funding applications for cleanup activities to be implemented at the local level in the participating countries. These projects utilize health intervention, environmental remediation, and institutional controls techniques developed in the mining districts of northern Idaho and adapting them to local cultural, economic, and socio-economic conditions.

Strategies for improvement include:

  • Site Characterization / Assessment
  • Health Response Feasibility Studies
  • Lead Health Intervention Programs
  • Biological Monitoring
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Community Relations / Education
  • Institutional & Industrial Controls
  • Soil Remediation & Interior Decontamination
  • Cleanup Design / Oversight

More than 50 sites have been reviewed in 20 countries since 2006. At this time, projects have been undertaken in Senegal, Peru, Russia, China, Ethiopia/Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. Three of these sites were listed in the Blacksmith Institute’s yearly Top Ten Polluted Sites in the World. TerraGraphics is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Harvard University School of Public health to address the global health effects of mining and smelting in the developing world. Long term project goals include the characterization of new legacy sites to propose for cleanup, and development of funding sources for sites in low-income countries.

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