The Industrial Geography of Toxic Chemical Generation, Release and Management in Texas

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This article examines overall trends in toxic chemical generation, releases and management in Texas from 1995 to 1999 within the broad context of sustainable industrial production.

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Lyons, Donald 2001.

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This article examines overall trends in toxic chemical generation, releases and management in Texas from 1995 to 1999 within the broad context of sustainable industrial production.

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Abstract: Over the last 15 years, increasing environmental concern has highlighted the need to increase our understanding of the generation, management, and discharge of toxic chemicals resulting from industrial processes. Th.is paper examines overall trends in toxic chemical generation, releases, and management in Texas from 1995 to 1999 within the broad context of sustainable industrial production. The continuum of sustainable industrial production strategies calls for the removal of toxic chemicals at the source (i.e. from the product and/or the production process) at one end, recycling in the middle, and treatment to reduce/eliminate toxicity at the other end. The results indicate that while the volume of toxic chemicals generated during production continues to increase, releases to the environment have declined substantially. In addition, while treatment to reduce or eliminate toxicity continues to be the preferred management strategy; the use of onsite recycling strategies have increased among industrial sectors generating small quantities of toxic chemicals. The paper suggests that these results are somewhat predictable. Since releases are a more immediate and visible concern firms have concentrated on reductions in releases. Actual source reduction gets little attention because it is much less visible, often more costly, and requires a much greater shift in thinking.

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  • The Southwestern Geographer, 2001. San Marcos, TX: Southwest Division of the American Association of Geographers

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  • Publication Title: The Southwestern Geographer
  • Volume: 5
  • Pages: 49-80
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Lyons, Donald. The Industrial Geography of Toxic Chemical Generation, Release and Management in Texas, article, 2001; San Marcos, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc991026/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.