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Sick Buildings: They Still Exist!

skbdgThe next time you hear someone say about an office building: “This place is really sick!” don’t assume iths just an angry employee. It could be an environmental engineer or a medical expert talking about what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists among the five most important environmental issues in the United States–sick building syndrome (SBS).

Beginning in the late 1970s, many people working in recently built or remodeled buildings began to complain about respiratory problems, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, for no apparent reason. The people noticed, however, that the symptoms would disappear when they went home at night and over a weekend. This led doctors and other experts treating these people to look at the buildings as …

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Knowing The Issues Waste Creates

wtcsHow big is the problem? Consider just one type of hazardous waste: radioactive and toxic wastes generated by America’s nuclear weapons plants. Cleaning up this mess alone would require the largest public works project in U.S. history. The task would take decades. And the cost could run into the hundreds of billions of dollars!

The total scope of the hazardous waste cleanup problem involves nearly 50 years of toxic substances that have been in our soil and water. And even if we can clean up the old waste, how do we keep new hazardous material out of the environment?

The first step is to understand just what hazardous waste is. A commonsense definition says that it is something that has …

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