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Nuclear Reactions: The Politics of Opening a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site

Nuclear Reactions: The Politics of Opening a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site Lowest new price: $26.04
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Author: Chuck McCutcheon
Brand: Brand: University of New Mexico Press

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located beneath the desolate flatlands near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico, is the first facility of its kind in the world--the most elaborate and expensive landfill opened to date that permanently houses mankind's deadliest garbage.

The project is intended to entomb, in a salt formation 2,150 feet underground, four decades' worth of protective gloves, clothing, and other items contaminated with plutonium and other radioactive materials used in building nuclear weapons. The nuclear waste--enough to fill more than sixty-five football fields--is sent to WIPP from U.S. Department of Energy sites in Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Washington, and elsewhere. The plant is regarded both as a coda to the Cold War legacy of weapons production and as a prototype for future environmental cleanup projects.

Although WIPP has won widespread scientific and political support, it has been a quagmire of conflicting views about national energy policy. Technical and environmental questions dogged it long before being built, and debates over its use have continued since its opening in 1999. This book marks the first effort to trace WIPP's evolution comprehensively and impartially, from its earliest days as the brainchild of a group of local residents eager to create jobs through two decades of scientific studies, political decisions, environmental protests, and court challenges. It includes interviews with and character sketches of politicians, environmentalists, and scientists and explores the lessons that this hotly divisive project can teach us.


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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Lowest new price: $457.15
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Author: Joseph A. Salvato

  • Includes new chapters on soil and groundwater remediation, water filtration system technology, and bottled water supplies; plus new sections on food safety and environmental security.
  • Features new expert contributors such as Nelson Nemerow, Franklin Agardy, George Tehachangolow, Pier Armenante, and Anthony Walbarst.

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The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 2nd edition

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 2nd edition Lowest new price: $35.00
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Author: Joseph Jenkins
Brand: Brand: Jenkins Pub

The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and thoroughly researched book on the topic of composting human manure available anywhere. It includes a review of the historical, cultural, and environmental issues pertaining to "human waste," as well as an in depth look at the potential health risks related to humanure recycling, with clear instructions on how to eliminate those dangers in order to safely convert humanure into garden soil. Written by a humanure composter with over twenty years experience, this classic work now includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to build a "$25 composting toilet." Also new to the second edition is a chapter on alternative graywater systems; color photos of humanure compost gardens; a review of U.S. state regulations pertaining to compost toilets, graywater systems, and constructed wetlands; and a list of compost toilets sources worldwide. The humor throughout the book, however, remains execrable.


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Fat of the Land: Garbage of New York -- The Last Two Hundred Years

Fat of the Land: Garbage of New York -- The Last Two Hundred Years Lowest new price: $50.95
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Author: Benjamin Miller
Brand: Brand: Basic Books

A city awash in garbage; rats skittering through heaps of rotting debris; disease spreading through choked waterways; citizens threading through piles of filth - urban nightmare or profiteer's dream come true? Benjamin Miller's panoramic view of New York's garbage takes us from the earliest antebellum collectors, to 19th- century barons trading in fertilizers and explosives, to the current feuding bureaucrats and environmentalists. Fat of the Land covers social and scientific theories of class and disease, in the process offering a richly textured history of urban development. The book reveals for the first time the plotting of power broker Robert Moses that gave birth to the controversial Fresh Kills landfill and examines the curious logic behind its untimely end. Fat of the Land brings to light an often hidden subject, assessing who gains and who loses in the endless battle over garbage.


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Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management, Second Edition

Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management, Second Edition Lowest new price: $128.14
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Author: Neil S. Grigg
Brand: Brand: CRC Press

Urban water services are building blocks for healthy cities, and they require complex and expensive infrastructure systems. Most of the infrastructure is out of sight and tends to be taken for granted, but an infrastructure financing crisis looms in the United States because the systems are aging and falling behind on maintenance. A road map for public works and utility professionals, Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management, Second Edition provides clear and practical guidance for life-cycle management of water infrastructure systems.

Grounded in solid engineering and business principles, the book explains how to plan, budget, design, construct, and manage the physical infrastructure of urban water systems. It blends knowledge from management fields such as facilities, finance, and maintenance with information about the unique technical attributes of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

  • Addresses how to make a business case for infrastructure funding
  • Demonstrates how to apply up-to-date methods for capital improvement planning and budgeting
  • Outlines the latest developments in infrastructure asset management
  • Identifies cutting-edge developments in information technology applied to infrastructure management
  • Presents a realistic view of how risk management is applied to urban water infrastructure settings
  • Explains the latest maintenance and operations methods for water, wastewater, and stormwater systems

The author describes current thinking on best management practices and topics such as asset management, vulnerability assessment, and total quality management of infrastructure systems. Expanded and updated throughout, this second edition reflects the considerable advances that have occurred in infrastructure management over the past ten years. Useful as a reference and a professional development guide, this unique book offers tools to help you lower costs and mitigate the rate shocks associated with managing infrastructure for growth, deterioration, and regulatory requirements.

What’s New in This Edition

  • The latest infrastructure management and maintenance technologies
  • Information on the inventories of systems and the configuration of infrastructure
  • New design and construction methods such as building information modeling (BIM)
  • New approaches to rate setting, accounting methods, and cost accounting to help you assess the full cost of infrastructure
  • Advances in SCADA systems
  • Expanded coverage of risk management and disaster preparedness
  • Material on the use of GIS in water and sewer management
  • New laws related to infrastructure, including the U.S. EPA’s efforts to develop a distribution system rule



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Industrial Pollution Prevention Handbook

Industrial Pollution Prevention Handbook Lowest new price: $66.80
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Author: Harry Freeman

Don't Clean Up Pollutants--Prevent Them! .

. Why conduct expensive clean ups when you can drasticaly reduce pollutants by improving management, boosting efficiency, eliminating toxins from your production process, or modifying product design. Author Harry Freeman of the EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Lab, gives you a step-by-step pollution prevention (P2) program in this guide, plus case histories that show how to implement it in 16 different industries. .

. You'll see how to: integrate P2 into your TQM program; conduct risk analysis to set P2 priorities; measure P2 progress; use Total Cost Assessment to prove the profitability of P2 programs and win management support; apply P2 to the electronics, chemical, petroleum, metal fabrication, textile, paper, pharmaceutical, auto, electroplating, and furniture industries; and much more.

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash Lowest new price: $7.59
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Author: Elizabeth Royte

DESCRIPTION: Like the bestselling Fast Food Nation, GARBAGE LAND lifts the lid off a world we take for granted, revealing its complicated, surprising underbelly. In this highly unconventional travel book, Elizabeth Royte leads the reader on a cultural tour guided and informed by the things she throws away. Structured around four separate journeys--those of Royte’s household trash, compostable matter, recyclables, and sewage--GARBAGE LAND is a literary investigation of the truly dirty side of consumption. Royte melds science, anthropology, and a strong dose of clear-headed analysis in her appraisal of America’s relationship with its garbage, examining the uncomfortable subject of waste in much the same way Mary Roach’s Stiff tackled corpses. By showing us what really happens to the things we’ve "disposed of," Royte reminds us that our decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact--and that, like it or not, the garbage we create will always be with us.

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Environmental Hydrology

Environmental Hydrology Lowest new price: $34.36
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Brand: Brand: CRC Press

Environmental Hydrology is an excellent textbook for use in introductory/intermediate hydrology courses. 60 tables, 169 illustrations, 71 worked examples, 120 homework problems, laboratory exercises or projects are included in this ideal textbook for students of environmental science, hydrology, meteorology, agronomy, soil science, forestry, geography, natural resources, and agricultural and civil engineering. It provides a qualitative understanding of hydrologic processes and an introduction to methods for quantifying hydrologic parameters and processes. English units are primarily used but conversion tables and many problems with SI units are also presented.
Written by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers, the book begins with introductory chapters on the components of the hydrologic cycle. Subsequent chapters cover soil water hydrology, evapotranspiration, ground-water flow, surface runoff, soil erosion, flow in channels, forest and wetland hydrology, water quality, remote sensing applications in hydrology, and modeling hydrologic systems. It also includes a chapter of projects and laboratory exercises, a glossary of terms, hydrologic data, and references.


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The Conservation Handbook: Research, Management and Policy

The Conservation Handbook: Research, Management and Policy Lowest new price: $49.83
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Author: William J. Sutherland
Brand: Brand: Wiley-Blackwell

Textbooks on the principles of conservation biology abound. Yet, how does one put this theoretical knowledge into practice? The aim of The Conservation Handbook is to provide clear guidance on the implementation of conservation techniques. The wide range of methods described include those for ecological research, monitoring, planning, education, habitat management and combining conservation with development. Nineteen case studies illustrate how the methods have been applied. The book will be of interest to conservation biology students and practicing conservationists worldwide.

For each copy of the book sold, another copy will be sent free to a practicing conservationist outside Western Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

  • Foreword by E. O. Wilson.
  • Concise, practical guide packed full of ideas, methods and advice.
  • Provides solutions for the main conservation problems most commonly encountered.
  • 18 global case studies illustrate the application of techniques.
  • The Conservation Handbook Donations Project
    this book is being sent free to those practising conservationists outside Western Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan who are otherwise unlikely to obtain a copy. These copies are provided at cost price by Blackwell Science, the publisher, and paid for with the author''s royalties. Each book sold means another one will be donated.


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Water and Wastewater Technology (5th Edition)

Water and Wastewater Technology (5th Edition) Lowest new price: $55.36
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Author: Mark J. Hammer

For sophomore/junior-level civil technology or civil engineering courses in Sanitary or Environmental Engineering/Technology, Water Supply and Sanitation, and Water Quality Control. Also appropriate for two-year college courses in Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.A proven text in the field of water and wastewater engineering and technology, this primer provides the fundamental principles and management practices in water processing, water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and water reuse. All major systems and operations are covered concisely yet comprehensively. Introductory chapters provide a review of pertinent aspects of chemistry, biology, hydraulics and hydrology, and water quality.

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