Antiquated waste disposal methods, namely incineration, burial and
water dumping, have changed little for more than a century. These
inferior methods have been, and are, jeopardizing public health and the quality
of our environment. Furthermore, they are prohibitively expensive, subject to
civil and criminal liabilities and are virtually impossible to monitor.
These methods have never effectively mitigated the negative impact
improper containment of waste has on public health and our environment.
Incineration pollutes the air we breathe by spewing toxins
and carcinogens into the atmosphere.
Landfills leach toxins into the soil and ground water. As
water tables rise and lower, toxins absorbed by the soil increase and spread.
Dumping of waste at sea creates vast pockets of migrating
cesspools, upsetting the ecology and adversely affecting marine
By 1986 the threat posed by toxic waste to our health and environmental
quality had reached monumental proportions, and today, as a result of
new toxins and their unrevealed effects, the situation may be worse than
ever. Life sustaining oxygen and nutrition are both being severely
damaged by these archaic methods of disposal.
Thankfully, these reckless disposal methods are being eliminated by
law. However, of more than 31,000 contaminated waste sites that
comprise the U.S. federally targeted Super-Fund initiative, as little as 3% have
been decontaminated in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
In response to an increasing public outcry on the state of
our environment the U.S. Congress decided to act -- by turning to TWI. As a
result, the world now has an economically viable, safe, standardized,
large-scale, permanent toxic waste disposal system.