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Global Environmental Policies: Institutions and Procedures by Ho-Won Jeong (eds.)

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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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