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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Barriers To Pollution Prevention | Chemical & Engineering News

Barriers To Pollution Prevention | Chemical & Engineering News

Here's an interesting piece by Cheryl Hogue of C&EN about a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. The study finds that "many industrial facilities aren't acting to prevent the release of toxic chemicals because they aren't aware of less hazardous alternatives."

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HERE'S WHAT KEEPS INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES FROM PREVENTING POLLUTION
Many cite lack of information about less toxic chemicals or alternative technology.
a Includes customer demand and unsuccessful efforts to reduce pollution.   
SOURCE: EPA, Toxic Release Inventory data for 2014
Credit: Adapted from EPA

If that is true in the United States, is it also true in developing countries? If so, how might we help developing countries become more aware, and implement alternatives? All ideas welcome.

Peace,

Bego Gerber

3 comments:

  1. I've always felt that the best chemical engineering left no wastes at all.

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  2. Yeah, how do fight this uphill battle against lobbyists and corrupt politics? As a Chemical Engineer I hope I can be a good steward.

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  3. Yeah, how do fight this uphill battle against lobbyists and corrupt politics? As a Chemical Engineer I hope I can be a good steward.

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