MANAGING TOXIC WASTES by Michael Kronenwetter


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Complex materials are condensed into one-page summaries in this entry in the ""Issues for the 90s"" series--this one discussing sources of toxic wastes, their impact on the environment, the progress of legislation and technology through 1988, and the outlook for the future. While the information here does update older titles, the effort to be all-inclusive leads to superficiality and imprecision. In textbook style, boldface guide words are followed by two or three paragraphs. For example, the chapter entitled ""Who Is to Blame?"" covers ""Mining,"" ""Manufacturing Industries,"" ""Other Businesses, Large and Small,"" ""Agriculture,"" ""Municipal Sewage Systems,"" ""Medical Facilities,"" ""The Military,"" and ""Consumers,"" necessarily concluding ""All of us. . ."" There is also some elementary misinformation: ""Although ordinary oxygen is the main element of the air we breathe, ozone is a menace."" On the contrary, nitrogen is the main element, and ozone--while toxic under some conditions--is also essential as a protective layer in the stratosphere. Bibliography; index; illustrated with photos.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1989
Page count: 118pp
Publisher: Messner