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Feedstock Recycling and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics: Converting Waste Plastics into Diesel and Other Fuels

Feedstock Recycling and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics: Converting Waste Plastics into Diesel and Other Fuels Lowest new price: $478.00
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Pyrolysis is a recycling technique converting plastic waste into fuels, monomers, or other valuable materials by thermal and catalytic cracking processes. It allows the treatment of mixed, unwashed plastic wastes. For many years research has been carried out on thermally converting waste plastics into useful hydrocarbons liquids such as crude oil and diesel fuel. Recently the technology has matured to the point where commercial plants are now available. Pyrolysis recycling of mixed waste plastics into generator and transportation fuels is seen as the answer for recovering value from unwashed, mixed plastics and achieving their desired diversion from landfill.

This book provides an overview of the science and technology of pyrolysis of waste plastics. It describes the types of plastics that are suitable for pyrolysis recycling, the mechanism of pyrolytic degradation of various plastics, characterization of the pyrolysis products and details of commercially mature pyrolysis technologies. This book also covers co-pyrolysis technology, including: waste plastic/waste oil, waste plastics/coal, and waste plastics/rubber.


Race And The Incidence Of Environmental Hazards: A Time For Discourse

Race And The Incidence Of Environmental Hazards: A Time For Discourse Lowest new price: $730.70
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Author: Bunyan Bryant
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This is a book about the poor and people of color and their struggle to take control of one of the most basic aspects of their lives: the quality of their environment. The authors tell us that we cannot assume that everyone is equally protected from harmful pollutants by laws or regulations. And, while conventional wisdom holds that the supposedly unempowered are also unconcerned about environmental quality issues, these people have found new and less conventional channels, such as the church and neighborhood groups, for advocating for environmental justice. Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards is dedicated to exposing the fact of environmental inequity and its consequences in the face of general neglect by policymakers, social scientists, and the public at large.This collection of sixteen articles, the majority of them written by scholars of color, reviews the differential impacts of environmental insults on people of color, such as the consumption of toxic fish from the Detroit River, fallout from hazardous waste incineration in Louisiana, pesticide exposure among farm workers, and the effects of uranium production in Navajo communities. Further, the authors illuminate the failure of traditional, political, economic, and environmental institutions to address these social and life-threatening conditions and advocate new approaches for creating environmental justice.

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War on Waste: Can America Win Its Battle With Garbage?

War on Waste: Can America Win Its Battle With Garbage? Lowest new price: $7.95
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Author: Robert Gottlieb
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War on Waste offers a comprehensive analysis of the solid waste problem and the major alternatives that could provide viable solutions to the crisis.

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Plastics: America's Packaging Dilemma (Island Press Critical Issues Series)

Plastics: America's Packaging Dilemma (Island Press Critical Issues Series) Lowest new price: $38.60
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Author: Ellen Feldman
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Tells what plastics are, how they are made, how they are used, and the problems and opportunities they bring.

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Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Lowest new price: $104.08
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Author: Frank R. Spellman

Water and wastewater treatment plant operators must have a breadth of knowledge that encompasses more than scientific theory. They need to be generalists with knowledge bridging several scientific, academic, and engineering disciplines. Unfortunately, until now, many of the existing texts in the field were too limited in scope and narrow in focus.

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations is the first complete resource manual exclusively for water and wastewater plant operators. It is a thorough compilation of water science, treatment information, process control procedures, problem-solving techniques, safety and health information, and administrative and technological trends. The manual examines numerous real-world operating scenarios, including the intake of raw sewage and the treatment of water via residual management.

Each scenario includes a comprehensive problem-solving practice set, which enables readers to integrate relevant math with theory and practical applications. The systematic layout of this hands-on technical aid accelerates the learning of both current and future plant operators.


The Politics of Radioactive Waste Disposal (Issues in Environmental Politics)

The Politics of Radioactive Waste Disposal (Issues in Environmental Politics) Lowest new price: $71.45
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Author: Ray Kemp

This work examines the complex national and international approaches to radioactive waste disposal problems. The text also describes new methods of public accountability for disposal with regard to policy-makers and decision-makers. The book emphasizes that the hub of the problem lies in fundamentally differing perceptions of the risks associated with the disposal of nuclear waste. For the industry itself, the technical issues, although they create difficult practical problems for geologists and engineers, are clearly defined. The volumes and types of waste and their potential for harm to humans and the environment are better understood than for many other industries. The level of investment in financial and intellectual resources taken to close the "back end" of the nuclear industry has got it right. But many people remain unconvinced that the nuclear industry has got it right. True, there may well be a lack of understanding, but public perceptions of risk are driven as much by policy consistency, openness in an industry's activities and trust in the motives of those creating the hazard in the first place. And the difficulty lies in the fact that public mistrust and perception of risk appear to be comparatively robust and resistant to change. To seek to change people's attitudes and opinions about the nuclear industry and radioactive waste disposal in particular is to address the problem from the wrong direction. If change is desired then it must come form the practices and procedures of the industry and from the process and accountability of government policy. Only then can public tolerability for radioactive waste disposal become more than just an academic notion. One unhelpful concept which academics have helped to establish in more common parlance is that of the "Not In My Back Yard" (NIMBY) response to controversial projects. The author argues that the NIMBY label should be avoided since it invariably undervalues many sincerely held public concerns about the potential harm to the local environment which can be associated with proposed developments.


Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment : 1880-1980 (Environmental history series)

Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment : 1880-1980 (Environmental history series) Lowest new price: $85.27
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Author: Martin V. Melosi

As recently as the 1880s, most American cities had no effective means of collecting and removing the mountains of garbage, refuse, and manure-over a thousand tons a day in New York City alone-that clogged streets and overwhelmed the senses of residents. In his landmark study, Garbage in the Cities, Martin Melosi offered the first history of efforts begun in the Progressive Era to clean up this mess.

Since it was first published, Garbage in the Cities has remained one of the best historical treatments of the subject. This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes two new chapters that expand the discussion of developments since World War I. It also offers a discussion of the reception of the first edition, and an examination of the ways solid waste management has become more federally regulated in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Melosi traces the rise of sanitation engineering, accurately describes the scope and changing nature of the refuse problem in U.S. cities, reveals the sometimes hidden connections between industrialization and pollution, and discusses the social agendas behind many early cleanliness programs. Absolutely essential reading for historians, policy analysts, and sociologists, Garbage in the Cities offers a vibrant and insightful analysis of this fascinating topic.


Cost-Effective Remediation and Closure of Petroleum-Contaminated Sites

Cost-Effective Remediation and Closure of Petroleum-Contaminated Sites Lowest new price: $19.25
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Author: Douglas C. Downey
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This book provides environmental managers and their supporting technical specialists with a comprehensive strategy for cost-effectively cleaning up soils and groundwater contaminated by petroleum releases. It includes the most recent advances in site investigation techniques, low-cost remedial approaches, and technologies.

It uses a "risk-based" process to answer key questions involved in developing a remediation or closure plan for a petroleum spill site. Several approaches are described that include risk management methods which use institutional controls to isolate contaminates from human contact and long-term monitoring to verify that natural attenuation is reducing future risk. More traditional risk evaluations and simplified RCBA methods are presented that use site-specific exposure assumptions to develop risk-based cleanup objectives. Case studies illustrate how various combinations of land-use control, site-specific risk analysis, natural attenuation and focused source reduction technologies have been used to obtain risk-based closures at sites across the United States.

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The Bag Book: Over 500 Great Uses and Reuses for Paper, Plastic and Other Bags to Organize and Enhance Your Life (Lansky, Vicki)

The Bag Book: Over 500 Great Uses and Reuses for Paper, Plastic and Other Bags to Organize and Enhance Your Life (Lansky, Vicki) Lowest new price: $0.99
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Author: Vicki Lansky
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Everyone accumulates them, but few have so many inventive ideas for bags as Vicki Lansky. Pinatas, kites, jump ropes, and hand puppets are just the beginning in this lively compendium of ways to get organized, make crafts, and clean up.

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Hanford: A Conversation about Nuclear Waste and Cleanup

Hanford: A Conversation about Nuclear Waste and Cleanup Lowest new price: $49.68
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Author: R. E. Gephart
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In Hanford: A Conversation About Nuclear Waste and Cleanup, Roy Gephart takes us on a journey through a world of facts, values, conflicts, and choices facing the most complex environmental cleanup project in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. Starting with the top-secret Manhattan Project, Hanford was used to create tons of plutonium for nuclear weapons. Hundreds of tons of waste remain.

In an easy-to-read, illustrated text, Gephart crafts the story of Hanford becoming the world's first nuclear weapons site to release large amounts of contaminants into the environment. This was at a time when radiation biology was in its infancy, industry practiced unbridled waste dumping, and the public trusted what it was told. The plutonium market stalled with the end of the Cold War. Public accountability and environmental compliance ushered in a new cleanup mission. Today, Hanford is driven by remediation choices whose outcomes remain uncertain. It's a story whose epilogue will be written by future generations.

This book is an information resource, written for the general reader as well as the technically trained person wanting an overview of Hanford and cleanup issues facing the nuclear weapons complex. Each chapter is a topical mini-series. It's an idea guide that encourages readers to be informed consumers of Hanford news, to recognize that knowledge, high ethical standards, and social values are at the heart of coping with Hanford's past and charting its future.

Hanford history is a window into many environmental conflicts facing our nation; it's about building upon success and learning from failure. And therein lies a key lesson: when powerful interests are involved, no generation is above pretense.

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