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Impact of Hazardous Waste on Human Health

1st Edition

By Barry L. Johnson

CRC Press

408 pages

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Hardback: 9781566704472
pub: 1999-04-15
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The author of Impact of Hazardous Waste on Human Health is a public health official with the unique perspective that only insider status can provide. His book is intended for policy makers, environmentalists, toxicologists, public health officials, academic personnel, and health care providers.

The author addresses six themes: hazardous waste issues must be more vigorously examined, site remediation is critical, risk management must extend beyond waste site clean up, disease prevention must be a priority, interagency partnership is mandatory, and the best technology must be applied.

Johnson also considers the pros and cons of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as the "Superfund." His years of experience with this law, and countless other issues related to hazardous waste, make Impact of Hazardous Waste on Human Health an important and positive contribution.


"Impact of Hazardous Waste on Human Health will be an essential resource for professionals who assist in situations where health problems are investigated, but its usefulness extends far beyond this community. It is a comprehensive resource for students and others hoping to understand how toxic chemicals have affected health…Because it is well organized and clearly written, I would recommend Impact of Hazardous Waste on Human Health to anyone who wants to know how this very serious problem is being addressed."-Doris Cellarius, Sierra Club Community Health Committee

"This scholarly and comprehensive work by one of the nation's experts in hazardous chemical waste provides clear and authoritative guidance for answering the question 'To what extent do hazardous wastes deleteriously impact human health?'…This detailed analysis is a must for students of environmental health and for all who are concerned about issues of toxic chemical wastes. It is clearly written, scholarly and comprehensive. I recommend it highly."-Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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Table of Contents

Nature and Extent of Hazardous Waste

Public Health Assessment

Exposure Assessment

Toxicology of CERCLA Hazardous Substances

Human Helath Studies

Workers' Health and Safety

Health Promotion

Risk Communication

Environmental Equity

Comparative Risk Assessment

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical