Risks of Hazardous Wastes


  • Paul Rosenfeld, UCLA School of Public Health; Soil/Water/Air Protection Enterprise, Santa Monica
  • Lydia Feng

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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Book information

  • Published: March 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-7842-7

Table of Contents

    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