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Risks of Hazardous Wastes

Hazardous waste in the environment is one of the most difficult challenges facing our society. The purpose of this book is to provide a background of the many aspects of hazardous waste, from its sources to its consequences, focusing on the risks posed to human health and the environment. It explains the legislation and regulations surrounding hazardous waste; however, the scope of the book is much broader, discussing agents that are released into the environment that might not be classified as hazardous waste under the regulatory system, but nonetheless pose substantial hazards to human health and the environment. It provides a background of some of the major generators of hazardous wastes, explains the pathways by which humans and wildlife are exposed, and includes discussion of the adverse health effects linked to these pollutants. It provides numerous case studies of hazardous waste mismanagement that have led to disastrous consequences, and highlights the deficiencies in science and regulation that have allowed the public to be subjected to myriad potentially hazardous agents. Finally, it provides a discussion of measures that will need to be taken to control society’s hazardous waste problem. This book was designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, including students, professionals, and general readers interested in the topic.


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Hardbound, 472 Pages

Published: March 2011

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4377-7842-7


    • Chapter 1: Hazardous Waste: How We Got Into This Mess

      Chapter 2: The Most Significant Polluters In The United States

      Chapter 3: Toxicity, Exposure, Dose, And Body Burden And The Law

      Chapter 4: Coal Fire Power Plants

      Chapter 5: Paper Industry

      Chapter 6: Petroleum Industry

      Chapter 7: Wood Treatment Industry

      Chapter 8: Mining Industry

      Chapter 9: Chemical Industry

      Chapter 10: TransportationChapter 11: Steel Foundries

      Chapter 12: Landfills-Unlined And Leaking

      Chapter 13: Agriculture Worker Pesticide Exposure

      Chapter 14: Pesticides In Drinking Water

      Chapter 15: Nuclear Waste

      Chapter 16: PCBs Monsanto

      Chapter 17: Emerging Contaminants


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