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Comprehensive Perchlorate contamination book produced by AMEC environmental experts

19 September 2006


Boston, Mass. (Sept. 12, 2006) A comprehensive book on understanding and solving widespread perchlorate contamination now is available, thanks to the co-authorship of seven professionals with years of perchlorate experience gained at the international engineering services and project management company AMEC.

Perchlorate Environmental Problems and Solutions, published by CRC Press, offers readers complete, easy-to-understand information about perchlorate’s occurrence, behavior in the environment, regulatory status, detection and remediation.

Perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, blasting agents, fireworks, military munitions and other manufacturing processes, appears in the drinking water of approximately 20 million people in the U.S. alone and in foods ranging from breast milk to produce. It has been found to interfere with the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland, which, at chronic doses, could lead to impaired human metabolism and development.

The authors are environmental engineer Kathleen Sellers, senior ecological risk assessor William Alsop, senior risk assessor Stephen Clough, Ph.D., senior chemist Marilyn Hoyt, risk assessment specialist Barbara Pugh, senior hydrogeologist Joseph Robb, and environmental engineer Katherine Weeks. All have performed perchlorate-related work for AMEC’s Westford, Mass. office and all are still with AMEC except Weeks, who now is senior engineer with the Town of Framingham, Mass.

“Unlike the few existing books on perchlorate that are for the most part collections of scholarly articles, this book is a seamless and comprehensive review of perchlorate, written in simple, clear language to appeal to a wide range of readers,” said Sellers. “It weaves in five real-world case studies about contaminated sites and, by illustrating principles that oftentimes are arcane, makes the material more understandable to all readers.”

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