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Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes by David R. Shonnard, David T. Allen

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Chapter 3Environmental Law and Regulations: From End-of-Pipe to Pollution Prevention

byDavid R. Shonnard

3.1 Introduction

Chemical engineers practice a profession and must obey rules governing their professional conduct. One important set of rules that all chemical engineers should be aware of is environmental statutes, which are laws enacted by Congress. Regulations are promulgated by administrative agencies based on authority conferred by the statute. The environmental statutes are designed to protect human health and the environment by placing limits on the quantity and chemical make-up of waste streams that are released from manufacturing processes. For example, one statute places restrictions on how hazardous waste from industry is stored, ...

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