Engineering The Risks of Hazardous Wastes

  • J. Jeffrey Peirce, Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University, North Carolina USA
  • By

    • Daniel Vallero, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

    Many engineers, from the chemical and process industries, waste treatment system management and design to the clean-up of contaminated sites, are engaged in careers that address hazardous wastes. However, no single book is available that explains how to manage the risks of those wastes. At best it is dealt with in diverse sections of books on the general field of environmental engineering, and in various treatments of the subject of risk, statistics and hazard assessment.This is a reference and text that blends together theoretical explanations, techniques and case study examples to complement practical knowledge. These include problems with solutions, case studies of current and landmark hazardous waste problems, a companion website, and reference sections that will make certain that this text stays on the practicing engineer's bookshelf.
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    Environmental and chemical engineers working as consultants to assist clients with regulatory compliance and clean up of hazardous waste sites; government agencies mandating regulations and inspecting sites; manufacturers in all industries managing processes to mitigate environmental hazards.


Book information

  • Published: March 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7742-4


"Dr. Vallero has chosen to focus this book on the most critical phase of hazardous waste engineering, the engineering of risk management for the various types of hazardous contaminants. Understanding risk management is critical to the control of hazardous waste materials for environmental engineers.", Foreword to book, Ross E. McKinney, Duke Univerity

Table of Contents

1. An Engineering Perspective on the Risks of Hazardous Wastes2. Entering the Risk Era3. The Fate, Transformation, and Transport of Hazardous Chemicals4. Opportunities for Hazardous Waste Intervention by Engineers5. A Risk Based Assessment to Support Remediating of a Hazardous Waste Site6. The Role of the Engineer in Emergency Response7. Risk Perception: What You Say May Not Be What They Hear8. Closing Thoughts on the Future of Hazardous Waste Engineering