and Discussion Problems
a 2-page op ed piece discussing the effect of environmental laws on environmental
quality in air, water and/or land. Is quality improving? How much does
this improvement cost? Students should refer to and use quantitative data
on quality versus cost. Such information may be found on government web
pages, in government documents, and by several well-known authors e.g.
Portney of Resources for the Future.
to the EPA web site: www.epa.gov. Answer the following questions. Finding
information on the Internet is much more efficient if you know where to
look. To help, the questions are grouped according to the main menu on
the EPA home page. Note that there are many ways to get to the same information
though few are obvious on this web site.
- lots of general information in quick non technical summaries
1. Who was the head of EPA when it was first formed in 1970?
2. How many
people does EPA currently employ and what is its current annual budget?
the term IRIS.
did EPA ban the following?
propellant in most aerosol cans
sewage sludge in oceans
EVENTS - general information, press releases, conferences, workshops etc.
is the title of the EPA press release for January 28, 2000?
conference sponsored by EPA will be held in Chicago in February?
AND PROGRAMS - lots of links to just about everything including the traditional
medium specific offices, and the special topic areas; includes databases
of information about environmental quality in the USA
one program with a geographical focus that relates to your hometown.
an energy star product category and summarize what the web page says about
it. Include the web address. Hint: it is one of the general interest programs.
one site in your community that has been investigated as a hazardous waste
contaminated site. Hint: use the envirofacts link for Superfund sites.
REGIONS - location information both across the country, and within the
EPA organizational structure
office within EPA is responsible for the air policies and regulations?
EPA regional office includes Indiana and what is the address for the office?
REGULATIONS - as stated
12. Name one proposed regulation regarding the Clean Air Act that was
made available to the public on January 27, 2000.
AND SOFTWARE - lots of environmental information across the country regarding
self-reported info, compliance info, permits, etc., and software models
13. Name one downloadable free software product available from the EPA
web site and describe what it is used for.
many industrial facilities in your county have Clean Water Act - NPDES
permits and what are the SIC codes?
(jobs and grants)
15. Describe one opportunity for student employment offered by EPA.
You Should Know
Fishable and Swimmable
Non Point Source
· Tarr, Joel, Chapter 5 from "The Search for the Ultimate
Sink," University of Akron Press, 1996.
· 1999 State of Environment for your particular state.
· EPA web site (www.epa.gov)
· State environmental agency web site.
· Cascio, Joseph and Gayle Woodside, ISO 14000 Guide, McGraw Hill,
New York, 1996.