U.S. Geological Survey - Environmental Health
Our specialized teams of hydrologists, chemists, and geologists working together at field sites in Northeastern US after Hurricane Sandy have shown:
Natural disasters like hurricanes exert powerful forces that can cause spills or mobilize contaminants where contact by humans, wildlife, and commercial fisheries is possible in the immediate aftermath of the storm and potentially much longer.
Questions We're Working On:
Are there long-term contaminant hazards months or years after natural disasters?