Control of Water Pollution from Toxics: Southeast U. S.

by David H. Howells, (F.ASCE), Prof. Emeritus; North Carolina State Univ. and the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.,
Paul Zielinski, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Dir.; Water Resources Research Inst., Clemson Univ., Clemson, S.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 5, Pg. 1045-1061

Document Type: Journal Paper


A detailed review of the programs of eight southeastern states for the control of water pollution from toxic wastes is presented. The review examines water quality standards, effluent limitations, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permits for direct and indirect discharges, pretreatment programs, waste residuals management, monitoring, emergency response, and analytic capability. Existing programs fall far short of providing control of 129 priority pollutants. The problem is particularly acute for chemicals with long-term health effects. The state-of-the-art relative to causal relationships and degree of risk primitive is covered. It is concluded that the transition from the earlier era of pollution control to encompass toxic wastes will be very difficult, particularly with cutbacks in federal cost sharing and research.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Waste management | Water discharge | Toxicity | Water quality | Emergency management | Light rail transit | Quality control

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