Cleaning Up the Environment: Hazardous Waste Technology

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 226 pages
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From the Publisher: Green Technology is an eight-volume set that examines the relationship between human activities and their sometimes harmful consequences for the environment and explores new methods of repairing and restoring the Earth. Approaching environmental issues confronting society from a technological perspective has spawned significant controversy, and the books in this set present all sides of the debate. Designed to complement science curricula, the set also covers relevant history and new green technologies and innovations that will contribute to the field in the future. Cleaning Up the Environment: Hazardous Waste Technology is an overview of current and emerging methods used in cleaning up pollution. The book explains the advantages and disadvantages of the physical, chemical, and biological methods employed to remove hazardous waste from contaminated sites. It also presents step-by-step the processes of finding, testing, and cleaning hazardous waste sites, beginning with contamination assessment and ending with cleaned and restored environments. Citing actual examples and statistics, figures, and case studies, sidebars enhance fundamental concepts and give the reader a sense of the urgency of the issues related to hazardous waste treatment. The volume includes information on: Brownfield sites, commerce versus ecology, contamination, excavating pollutants, international waste-control programs, oxidation technology, remediation technology, the Superfund and its history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the water supply. The book contains 50 color photographs and line illustrations, sidebars, five appendixes, a glossary, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Green Technology is essential for general readers who seek information on the important issues that affect the environment worldwide.
 

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Contents

Measuring Contamination
1
Excavation of Contaminated Sites
26
Microbes and Plants for Toxic Cleanup
43
Oxidation Technology
73
Brownfield Sites
89
Remediating the Water Supply
112
Superfund Sites
155
Future Needs
181
International Organizations Involved in Pollution Control
189
Microbes Used in Bioremediation
191
Organizations that Track Environmental Hazards
193
Environmental Laws Enacted by the US Congress
194
Glossary
196
Further Resources
203
Index
215
Copyright

Portable Equipment for Monitoring Pollution
185

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About the author (2009)

Anne E. Maczulak, PhD, has been a microbiologist in industry and academia for 20 years. She currently consults in quality assurance for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, consumer product, and chemical companies. Mazola's career has covered research in a range of microbial environments, such as the skin and scalp, kitchen drains, and even the inside of a cow's stomach. She lives in Novato, CA.

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