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Written by Bob Willis   
Tuesday, 25 March 2003 19:00

ImageBy Robert Corbitt
McGraw Hill
10 chapters and glossary of terms

Adopting an environmental policy across a company or group without some kind of reference source is difficult. This book outlines the legislation currently in circulation along with detailed sections on air, water and solid waste. The book does not specifically relate to the electronics industry, but the issues are relevant to any company.

A couple of chapters have a heavy emphasis on North America. The sections on water collection and the changes that have been made over the past 20 years were fascinating. The author provides some detail on how the amount of wasted resources has decreased.

From a technical point of view, the methods used to monitor and measure levels of contamination in the environment are interesting and informative. The methods used to measure air, water and different forms of waste are detailed; the limits imposed in different countries and why those differences may have occurred are also interestingly examined.

Also contained in the book is a detailed glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations. The final chapter is devoted to project assessment and how to conduct an environmental study. The chapter makes a very good point on the use of consultants to assist in this area provided they have the relevant practical experience.

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