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Michael Forlini | Aug 1, 2008 | Home Environment and Testing |
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue.
Almost everyone became concerned with coal ash when a coal ash containment dike failed at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant on December 22, 2008. The initial release of materials from the plant’s retention pond created a tidal wave of water and ash which destroyed several homes and ruptured a major gas line in a neighborhood located adjacent to the plant.
Dioxins are man-made chemical compounds that enter the air through fuel and waste emissions. They are hazardous waste and pose a risk to human health and the environment. Sources of dioxin include motor vehicle exhaust fumes and garbage incineration. Most human exposure to dioxins occurs through the consumption of contaminated foods, especially animal fats.
Effluent guidelines are national regulations that control the discharge of pollutants to surface waters and to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). Effluent guidelines are specific to an industry. These guidelines are technology-based: based on the performance of treatment and control technologies.
Michael Forlini | Jul 2, 2008 | Environmental Regulation and Policy |
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.