ABSTRACT

This book aims to provide an outline of some of the main problems facing a manager of environmental pollution and the types of approach that may be taken to seek solutions to these problems. The pollution manager is a key element in protecting the environment. A pollution manager is a professional who has the skills to ensure that the correct analysis is undertaken and correct practice adopted to ensure that pollutant releases do not harm the environment. Much of the work of a pollution manager, from whatever standpoint, can be fairly mundane. He or she may be performing routine chemical analysis, drafting environmental statements, modelling pollutants, etc. As a result it is easy for them to lose sight of the aim of their work. If this happens, they should take a walk, literally or metaphorically, through their local community. There may be children playing in the park, who may be at risk from vehicle emissions. The local river with its rich plant life and birds may be at risk from eutrophication. The stonework of the historic church may be blackened and crumbling from acid rain. Their protection is the task of the pollution manager – to maintain or enhance what is valued in our environment. So, whenever the work becomes mundane, it is important to remember what its goals are.