Environmental Health and the U.S. Federal System: Sustainably Managing Health Hazards, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Environmental Health and the U.S. Federal System

Sustainably Managing Health Hazards, 1st Edition

By Michael R Greenberg, Dona Schneider


288 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367209957
pub: 2019-08-07
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This book explains how the U.S. federal system manages environmental health issues, with a unique focus on risk management and human health outcomes. 

Building on a generic approach for understanding human health risk, this book shows how federalism has evolved in response to environmental health problems, political and ideological variations in Washington D.C, as well as in-state and local governments. It examines laws, rules and regulations, showing how they stretch or fail to adapt to environmental health challenges. Emphasis is placed on human health and safety risk and how decisions have been influenced by environmental health information. The authors review different forms of federalism, and analyse how it has had to adapt to ever evolving environmental health hazards, such as global climate change, nanomaterials, nuclear waste, fresh air and water, as well as examining the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on worker environmental health. They demonstrate the process for assessing hazard information and the process for federalism risk management, and subsequently arguing that human health and safety should receive greater attention.  

This book will be essential reading for students and scholars working on environmental health and environmental policy, particularly from a public health, and risk management viewpoint, in addition to practitioners and policymakers involved in environmental management and public policy.

Table of Contents


1. Federalism and Environmental Health

2. The Big Picture: U.S. Environmental Priorities After 1970

3. Fresh Water: Quality and Supply

4. Fresh Air Quality: Indoors and Out

5. Noise Management

6. Nuclear Waste Management

7. Nanomaterials

8. Global Climate Change

9. Inequities, Population Control, and Resource Management

10. Robots, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

11. Epilogue

About the Authors

Michael Greenberg is Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA.

Dona Schneider is Professor and associate dean for programs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environment and Health

The study of the impact of environmental change on human health has rapidly gained momentum in recent years, and an increasing number of scholars are now turning their attention to this issue. Reflecting the development of this emerging body of work, the Routledge Studies in Environment and Health series is dedicated to supporting this growing area with cutting edge interdisciplinary research targeted at a global audience. The books in this series cover key issues such as climate change, urbanisation, waste management, water quality, environmental degradation and pollution, and examine the ways in which these factors impact human health from a social, economic and political perspective.

Comprising edited collections, co-authored volumes and single author monographs, this innovative series provides an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in this new and important field of study.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris at Annabelle.Harris@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Work-Related Health
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues