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acid rain, acid hail, acid snow, all of which occur as a result of pollution in the atmosphere
closed loop recycling
when materials such as plastic or aluminum are used to rebuild the same products. an example of this is the use of aluminum from aluminum cans to produce more cans
a platinum coated device that oxidizes most of the VOC's and some of the CO that would otherwise be emitted in exhausted, converting them into CO2
building related illness
when the signs and symptoms of an illness can be attributed to a specific infectious organism that resides in the building
dose response analysis
a process in which an organism is exposed to a toxin at different concentrations and the dosage that causes the death of the organism is recorded
an intensification of the greenhouse effect due to increased presence of heat trapping gases in the atmosphere
gray smog (industrial smog)
smog resulting from emissions of industry and other sources of gases produced by burning of fossil fuels, especially coal
usually formed on hot sunny days when NO(x) compounds, VOC's, and ozone combine to form smog with brownish hue
in a sewage treatment plant, the initial filtration that is done to remove debris such as stone, sticks, rags, toys, and other object that were flushed down the toilet
when physically treated sewage water is passed into a settling tank where suspended solids settle out as sludge, chemically treated polymers may be added to help the suspended solids separate and settle out
calculating risk or degree of likelihood that a person will become ill upon exposure to a toxin or pathogen
pollutants that are formed by the combination of primary pollutants in the atmosphere
biological treatment of waste water in order go continue to remove biodegradable waste
a condition in which the majority of a buildings occupants experience certain symptoms that vary with the amount of time spent in the building w/o being able to identify a specific cause of illness
a program funded by federal government and a trust thats funded by taxes on chemicals; identifies pollutants and cleans up hazardous waste sites
US noise control act
gave the EPA power to set emission standards for major sources of noise including transportation, machinery, and construction
waste to energy program (WTE)
when energy released from waste incineration is used to generate electricity
a fiscal policy that lowers taxes on income including wages and profit, and rages taxes on consumption, particularly the unsustainable consumption of nonrenewable resources
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