Managing Environmental Pollution

Managing Environmental Pollution

Managing Environmental Pollution

Managing Environmental Pollution

Synopsis

Farmer presents a comprehensive introduction to the nature of pollution, its impact on the environment, and the practical options and regulatory frameworks for pollution control. A number of original case studies are included.

Excerpt

The management of environmental pollution is an increasingly complex subject, both scientifically and politically. A pollution manager has to be informed by a wide range of rapidly developing scientific information and yet, at the same time, has to make decisions that may be driven by social or political factors. The task is a difficult one. This volume aims to begin to introduce the reader to how environmental pollution is managed and the context in which such work is undertaken. It is aimed primarily at those who may be embarking on a career in environmental management, i.e. an undergraduate or post-graduate audience. This book views each subject from the point of view of the pollution manager, examining the scientific, regulatory and sociopolitical context in which he or she would work.

In a volume of this size it is not possible to provide a comprehensive examination of all pollution issues and their management. Some subjects are not covered at all, for example the management of pesticide use, although some reference is made to pesticide contamination in freshwaters and marine systems. Within other topics some issues have also not been able to be addressed, e.g. that of indoor air pollution, although indoor radon pollution is discussed within the context of radionuclide control as it has broader lessons for the pollution manager. It is also important to view this volume within the context of the whole series on environmental management to be published by Routledge. There is to be, for example, a separate volume covering the issue of waste, so the pollution aspects of waste disposal will, largely, not be covered here.

I have taken a ‘classic’ media-based approach to examining pollution issues, i.e. by undertaking a separate consideration of air, freshwater, marine and radioactive substances. This approach is, in effect, bucking the trend of integrating pollution management. However, in practice much of the information relating to each of these media is far from integrated. Some topics are, however, obviously common to more

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