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The political ecology of sewage sludge: The collision of science, politics, and human values


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Environmental debates are often accompanied by calls for the increased use of "sound science", yet science pertaining to environmental issues is especially subject to influence from social, political, and economic actors. This thesis seeks to evaluate the role of science in environmental decision making by examining the practice of land-application of sewage sludge of biosolids. The United States Environmental Protection Agency's 2003 decision not to regulate dioxins, furans, and dioxin-like PCBs in sewage sludge will serve as a case study of how science is integrated into the policy world through risk assessment. A multidisciplinary analysis indicates that while the beneficial reuse of human waste is essential to sustainability, the application of biosolids on farmland as currently practiced is not environmentally or politically sustainable.

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Subject
Environmental science;
Public administration
Classification
0768: Environmental science
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences
Title
The political ecology of sewage sludge: The collision of science, politics, and human values
Author
Carriere, Jason Lee
Number of pages
153
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0171
Source
MAI 45/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542776687
Advisor
Walker, Peter
University/institution
University of Oregon
University location
United States -- Oregon
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1436506
ProQuest document ID
305252384
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305252384
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