Some Thoughts on Zero Discharge

by Paul Fleming, (M.ASCE), Chief Engr.; Monroe County Drain Commission, Monroe, Mich.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 179-181

Document Type: Journal Paper


The writer contends that the concept of zero discharge, as presented in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, Public Law 92-500, is based on a philosophy that man is basically not compatible with nature. The long-term effects of such a philosphy are difficult to see, but at best, little good can come from disenfranchising man from nature. As an alternative, the goal of water pollution abatement should be to seek ways in which the waste products of man's activity can be returned to the environmental cycle in a way that represents the best long-term interests on man.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water discharge | Water policy | Federal government | Recycling

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