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Environmental consulting fundamentals : investigation and by Benjamin Alter

By Benjamin Alter

Written via an environmental advisor with greater than twenty years of expertise, and in response to a path he taught for 10 years, Environmental Consulting basics: research and Remediation introduces the fundamental construction blocks of environmental consulting. instead of formulation and equations, it emphasizes the idea procedures that cross into designing an environmental learn, reading the knowledge, and choosing the subsequent step―be it extra research or remediation.

The ebook starts off with an summary of environmental consulting, the regulatory buildings that impression the paintings, and the underlying technological know-how of environmental approaches. It then takes you thru the stairs of subsurface investigations and remediations, from part I and section II Environmental web site checks via to remedial activities. this can be via an summary of ecological threat evaluate and mitigation and a bankruptcy on environmental influence tests, a wide subfield in atmosphere consulting.

Moving interior, the ebook then covers environmental matters with regards to constructions, together with asbestos, lead-based paint, radon, mildew, and indoor air caliber. the ultimate bankruptcy describes a standard environmental consulting venture, from designing the scope of labor to constructing a potential funds and venture agenda. all through, images, illustrations, and examples of environmental difficulties make the theoretical techniques extra concrete.

A primer for these drawn to a profession during this dynamic, multidisciplinary box, this is often additionally a convenient reference for practising experts. Combining concept and useful recommendation, it presents an obtainable creation to the kind of tasks you could come across as an environmental consultant.

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2 Clean Water Act The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972 and amended in 1977 and 1987, regulates the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters of the United States. At first, the Clean Water Act focused on conventional pollutants, so named because of the decades-long focus on these pollutants by sanitary engineers. “Conventional” pollutants are discussed in Chapter 9. The 1977 amendments to the Clean Water Act forced the USEPA to focus on toxic pollutants as well as conventional pollutants.

D003 is the code given to reactive waste. Toxic—A waste that tests toxic using the toxicity characteristic leachate procedure (TCLP). TCLP is a laboratory procedure that tests the ability of a chemical to leach out of the solid matrix in which it is present and enter the environment. The tests that are required under RCRA to test for hazardous waste characteristics include: flash point (to address the waste’s ignitability), pH, and the waste’s reactivity. In addition, RCRA requires analysis for certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), pesticides, and metals (these chemical classes are defined in Chapter 3).

2 The Consultant as Contractor A large portion of the work and certainly the lion’s share of the revenue earned by environmental consultants deals with the impact of pollution on 8 Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation and Remediation real estate, which is land that can be bought or sold. Going back to our earlier definition of environmental hazard, the services provided by environmental consultants regarding real estate involves the identification of environmental hazards to human health or the environment, and of conditions that might lead to such a hazard, and the mitigation of those hazards.

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