Risks of Hazardous Wastes

1st Edition

Authors: Paul Rosenfeld Lydia Feng
Hardcover ISBN: 9781437778427
eBook ISBN: 9781437778434
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 22nd March 2011
Page Count: 472
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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.

Key Features

  • Provides information about sources of and health risks posed by hazardous waste
  • Explains the legislation and regulations surrounding hazardous waste
  • Includes numerous case studies of mismanagement, highlights deficiencies in science and regulation and discusses measures to tackle society’s hazardous waste problems


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Table of Contents


About the Authors

1. Definition of Hazardous Waste

1.1. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Regulatory Definition

1.2. Regulatory History of Hazardous Waste in the US

1.3. Categories and Sources of Hazardous Waste

2. The Biggest Generators of Hazardous Waste in the US

2.1. Federal Criteria for Regulation of Waste Generators

2.2. National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Reports

2.3. The Chemical Industry

2.4. Local Effects of Hazardous Waste Production: Case Studies of the Top 3 Hazardous Waste Generators and the Communities that House Them

2.5. The United States Military and Other Federal Facilities

2.6. Unregulated Household Hazardous Waste

3. The Chemical Industry

3.1. The Dow Chemical Company

3.2. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company

3.3. Monsanto Company

3.4. Chemical Industry Hazardous Wastes

4. The United States Military

4.1. Range and Scope of Military Hazardous Waste

4.2. Hazardous Waste from Domestic Manufacturing and Bases

4.3. Dumping of Munitions in the Ocean

4.4. Improper Disposal of Hazardous Waste in US Military Operations Abroad

5. The Petroleum Industry

5.1. Overview, Emissions and Waste

5.2. Refinery Workers Studies

5.3. The Baton Rouge Refinery: Cancer Alley

5.4. Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

5.5. Oil Fields Across America and Damage Done

5.6. Citgo’s Spill in Lake Charles and Criminal Charges

5.7. BP Oil Spill

6. Coal-Fired Power Plants

6.1. Overview

6.2. Power Production, Emissions, and Waste

6.3. Environmental Health Impacts

6.4. Lawsuits and Regulations

6.5. Control Technologies and Alternatives

7. Iron, Steel, and Coke

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Steel Production

7.3. Human Health Impact


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About the Author

Paul Rosenfeld

Affiliations and Expertise

UCLA School of Public Health; Soil/Water/Air Protection Enterprise, Santa Monica

Lydia Feng