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contaminate (someone or something) with (something)

To pollute someone or something through exposure to something foul or dangerous. Be sure to wash your hands first so you don't contaminate the sterile area with germs.
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contaminate someone or something with something

to get someone or something dirty with something; to pollute someone or something with something. Something in the hospital contaminated the patient with a serious infection. The campers learned not to contaminate the outdoors with anything they carried in.
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Bennett's plan is to truck soil, gravel, rock, old building site material from contaminated sites across Canada and the U.S.
Once land is identified as contaminated, if remediation is not agreed through consultation, the enforcing authorities will have the power to issue a Remediation Notice and the responsible person will then be liable for the clean-up, he added.
Finally, we quote Teter, who made many visits to the contaminated areas before he died last year: `Those people who feel that some valuable changes have resulted from the Chernobyl experience are changing the meaning of that catastrophe.
Measures for contaminated water have been taken under the basic principles of i) Preventing leakage, ii) Isolating it, and iii) Removing it.
'Plastic waste sorted out into clean homogeneous waste can be recycled, this is good for the environment; contaminated mixed waste can't be recycled using the usual legal methods, they can't meet environmental standards, so they only have one method of using illegal factories to process to recycle.
Both plant oil and petroleum oil would impose lubrication effects on soil particles, thus leading to lower geotechnical properties of contaminated sites.
The third phase is ongoing and focuses on the contaminated groundwater.
However he said that the authorities at the national Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) later negotiated with the British company to purchase the contaminated jet fuel as kerosene.
Other changes include introducing consideration of social and environmental costs into decisions previously made on health grounds and amendments that would discourage authorities from declaring land to be contaminated.
Taipei, May 27, 2011 (CENS) -- The problem of foods being contaminated by DEHP contained in cloudy agent, a common food additive, is spreading in Taiwan, as 94 food items supplied by 68 firms had been confirmed contaminated by the carcinogen as of yesterday (May 26) afternoon, announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Cabinet-level Department of Health, announced yesterday.
This is because the norovirus spreads very easily from person to person and it can survive for several days in a contaminated area.
Formula supplies sickened children around the world in 2008 after they were contaminated with melamine in China.
FUNDING for a long-awaited clean of contaminated land has been welcomed by residents in Caerphilly.
"Content filtering and packet shaping solutions are not long term viable solutions to eliminate illegal file sharing and identity theft associated with contaminated P2P networks." (Contaminated P2P networks are known to contain illegal copyrighted files, classified business information, national security data and personal identification documents).