Professor Justin Hollander has written several very accessible books about land contamination and restoration. In Principles of Brownfields Regeneration, the book he discussed for Science for the Public, he describes land areas that have been rendered unusable as a result of hazardous contamination from industry, mining and other types of pollutants. He explains how, with the help of modern scientific expertise, some of these areas can be reclaimed. Community officials and environmental activists will find Dr. Hollander's books on this subject to be very clear and helpful. View Professor Hollander's May 2011 SftPublic lecture.
Polluted and Dangerous: America’s Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can Be Done About Them. Justin B. Hollander. New England University Press, 2009.
Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land. Justin Hollander, Niall Kirkwood, Julia Gold. Island Press, 2010.
Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation, and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt Justin B. Hollander. New York: Routledge, 2011.