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Sustainable Engineering: Concepts, Design, and Case Studies by David R. Shonnard, David T. Allen

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Chapter 3. Environmental Law and Regulation

3.1. Introduction

Engineers practice a profession and are required to obey specific laws governing their professional conduct. One important class of laws that all engineers should be aware of is environmental law. These laws are designed to protect human health, natural resources, and the environment by placing limits on the quantity, chemical makeup, and methods of disposal of environmental releases and wastes. Some of these laws restrict releases into the air and water; some place restrictions on the manner in which hazardous waste is stored, transported, treated, and disposed. Other laws place strict liability on the generators of hazardous waste, requiring responsible parties to clean up sites ...

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