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8: Modern Environmental Management

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    12052
    • 8.1: Modern Environmental Management – Chapter Introduction
      In the Chapter The Evolution of Environmental Policy in the United States, the ways in which our current environmental policy evolved were presented and discussed. Although the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) provided lofty goals for our environmental policy, and most importantly a legal basis for action, the fact remains, then and today, that human actions produce very large quantities of waste, virtually all of it harmful to human and ecosystem health if not managed properly.
    • 8.2: Systems of Waste Management
      Waste is an inevitable by-product of human life. Virtually every human activity generates some type of material side effect or by-product. When the materials that constitute these by-products are not useful or have been degraded such that they no longer fulfill their original or other obvious useful purpose, they are classified as a waste material.
    • 8.3: Case Study: Electronic Waste and Extended Producer Responsibility
      Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste, refers to discarded electronic products such as televisions, computers and computer peripherals (e.g. monitors, keyboards, disk drives, and printers), telephones and cellular phones, audio and video equipment, video cameras, fax and copy machines, video game consoles, and others.
    • 8.4: Government and Laws on the Environment
      In the United States, the laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of the environment have been enacted by the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorized to enforce the environmental laws and to implement the environmental regulations. The United States environmental laws cover various phases of the environment such as water, air, and hazardous waste, where most of the regulations have been based on the risk assessment of the pollutants. The major enviro
    • 8.5: Risk Assessment Methodology for Conventional and Alternative Sustainability Options
      Risk assessment is a scientific process used by federal agencies and risk management decision-makers to make informed decisions about actions that may be taken to protect human health by ascertaining potential human health risks or health hazard associated with exposure to chemicals in the environment.