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1Luncheon address. Manuscript received, January 28, 1972.
2Brigadier General, Deputy Director of Civil Works, Office, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army.


A few months ago, when I looked at the Symposium title, I wondered how I might isolate underground waste management from the overall problem of managing all waterborne wastes. Of course, I realized there is no way to detach one aspect of the problem from the larger environmental context within which the problem occurs. Underground disposal of wastes is only one alternative means of dealing with a potential environmental pollutant. However, improper design or mismanagement of such facilities can result in adverse economic and environmental effects.

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