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Need for new perspectives in pollution control

Abstract

Environmental responsibility by corporations, nations, and society as a whole requires a national environment to nurture commitment and relax tensions between the private and public sectors. A review of the progress made in meeting the 1972 Water Pollution Control Act's goals demonstrates industry's commitment to both the cause and the timetable set by the Act. Speaking for Union Carbide, the author uses capital outlay, the number of employees involved in pollution abatement, and the number of technical advances developed by the corporation to improve pollution problems to illustrate his points. Municipalities, by contrast, lag in meeting the required upgrading of municipal waste water treatment. When the 1972 Act was written it was assumed that prosperity would continue and the goal of ''best available'' control technology in place for industrial waste water seemed reasonable. New priorities have emerged, however, and the case is made for postponing the requirements until the social and economic effects are more certain and until the goals can be re-evaluated to see if the costs and benefits justify a zero discharge goal. (DCK)
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1977
Product Type:
Conference
Reference Number:
EDB-79-032702
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Earth Law J.; (Netherlands); Journal Volume: 3:1-4; Conference: 5. International Pollution Engineering Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, USA, 11 Nov 1976
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; WATER POLLUTION CONTROL; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; COMMUNITIES; COMPLIANCE; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; ENFORCEMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT; INDUSTRY; LEGISLATION; MUNICIPAL WASTES; POLLUTION LAWS; PUBLIC HEALTH; RIVERS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE WATER; WATER QUALITY; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; LAWS; LIQUID WASTES; MANAGEMENT; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION CONTROL; STREAMS; SURFACE WATERS; WASTES; WATER; 520200* - Environment, Aquatic- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 520600 - Environment, Aquatic- Regulations - (-1989)
OSTI ID:
6478912
Research Organizations:
Union Carbide Corp., New York, NY
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: ELAJD
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 149-155
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Charles, F M. Need for new perspectives in pollution control. Netherlands: N. p., 1977. Web.
Charles, F M. Need for new perspectives in pollution control. Netherlands.
Charles, F M. 1977. "Need for new perspectives in pollution control." Netherlands.
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title = {Need for new perspectives in pollution control}
author = {Charles, F M}
abstractNote = {Environmental responsibility by corporations, nations, and society as a whole requires a national environment to nurture commitment and relax tensions between the private and public sectors. A review of the progress made in meeting the 1972 Water Pollution Control Act's goals demonstrates industry's commitment to both the cause and the timetable set by the Act. Speaking for Union Carbide, the author uses capital outlay, the number of employees involved in pollution abatement, and the number of technical advances developed by the corporation to improve pollution problems to illustrate his points. Municipalities, by contrast, lag in meeting the required upgrading of municipal waste water treatment. When the 1972 Act was written it was assumed that prosperity would continue and the goal of ''best available'' control technology in place for industrial waste water seemed reasonable. New priorities have emerged, however, and the case is made for postponing the requirements until the social and economic effects are more certain and until the goals can be re-evaluated to see if the costs and benefits justify a zero discharge goal. (DCK)}
journal = {Earth Law J.; (Netherlands)}
volume = {3:1-4}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {1977}
month = {Jan}
}