Geology 103 Final
Last Modified: 2012-05-02
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- physical processes which remove or dilute pollutant
- chemical & microbial processes break down polluants
- Clean Water Act of 1972
- Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
- Environmental Protection Agency
- SUPERFUND for clean up of highly toxic sites
- TN Department of Environment & Conservation.
- sulfer dioxide
- carbon monoxide
- nitrogen dioxide
- caused by incomplete burning of fossil fuels
- can contain toxic chemicals, damaging to lungs
- size and composition vary with type of fuel (wood and coal are worst) and type of heat source (furnace, stove or engine... high temps are better)
- sulfur containing fossil fuels, especially coal.
- mine smelters (copper, lead, zinc)
- Large impact on ecosystem (direct toxicity, acid rain which is caused by sulfur compounds from power plants/smelters)
- damages to both physical and biological environment
- set air quality standards
- auto emission regluations
- smoke stack emission regulation
- seeks to reduce pollution to acceptable levels while minimizing economic costs.
- changing climate and weather patterns
- rising sea levels
- rapid ecosystem changes & species loss.
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