Hazardous Waste in America

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Sierra Club Books, 1983 - Social Science - 593 pages
The statistics on hazardous chemical waste are staggering. Over 85 billion pounds of waste are generated in the United States every year. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that at least 90% of these toxic substances are disposed of improperly and unsafely. There are more than 50,000 dump sites for hazardous wastes in the country, involving every state in the union, and only a few of these sites are monitored to any degree. In Hazardous Waste in America three experts have gone behind the statistics and scare stories to investigate the origins of this "toxic time bomb." They explain not only what the wastes are, but why our economy produces them, what properties make them dangerous and how they have come to threaten our lives and our environment. -- inside cover (flap text)

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The Problem of Hazardous
Introduction to Case Studies
Dumping and Groundwater

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Samuel Stanley Epstein was born in Middlesbrough, England on April 13, 1926. He received a bachelor's degree in physiology and medical degrees from the University of London. After immigrating to the United States in 1960, he conducted research at the Children's Cancer Research Foundation before joining the faculty of Case Western University Medical School in 1971. He taught at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine and School of Public Health at the University of Illinois from 1976 until 1999. He focused his career on preventing cancer. He helped draft the federal Toxic Substances Control and Resource Conservation Recovery Acts in the mid-1970s. He wrote several books including The Politics of Cancer. He received the Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal for Humanitarianism in 2005. He died of cardiac arrest on March 18, 2018 at the age of 91.

A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope has been Executive Director of the Sierra Club since 1992. He has also served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, the National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth. Pope is the author of two previous books, "Sahib: An American Misadventure in India "(1971) and "Hazardous Waste in America "(1981). Paul Rauber is a senior editor at "Sierra "magazine. Pope and Rauber both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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