The problem for homeowners (in this case, a late middle-aged couple occupying the upper half of the duplex) is that the EPA has tested their soils and found them hazardous. If they don't agree to the abatement process, a prospective purchaser (or renter) could ask them to finance the abatement themselves, or discount the home's price.
Abatement in this project averaged over fifty grand per yard.
I'm interested in practical solutions for an empire and a world that face declining fossil-fuel wealth. Peace and justice may become more elusive as oil becomes dearer. Stability, and what E. F. Schumacher called "a becoming life," will require an economy that operates on its solar income.
At age sixty, I'm beginning to learn how.