Book ID: CBB422208077

Tainted earth: Smelters, public health, and the environment (2014)


Marianne Sullivan (Author)

Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: 238
Language: English

Smelting is an industrial process involving the extraction of metal from ore. During this process, impurities in ore—including arsenic, lead, and cadmium—may be released from smoke stacks, contaminating air, water, and soil with toxic-heavy metals. Thoroughly grounded in extensive archival research, Tainted Earth traces the rise of public health concerns about nonferrous smelting in the western United States, focusing on three major facilities: Tacoma, Washington; El Paso, Texas; and Bunker Hill, Idaho. Marianne Sullivan documents the response from community residents, public health scientists, the industry, and the government to pollution from smelters as well as the long road to protecting public health and the environment. Placing the environmental and public health aspects of smelting in historical context, the book connects local incidents to national stories on the regulation of airborne toxic metals.

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Review John Baeten (2013) Review of "Tainted earth: Smelters, public health, and the environment". IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology (pp. 118-119). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Duffin, Andrew Philip
Murphy, Michelle
Mitman, Gregg A.
Sellers, Christopher C.
Mårald, Erland
Nordlund, Christer
Environmental History
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Polhem: Tidskrift för Teknikhistoria
Der Anschnitt: Zeitschrift für Kunst und Kultur im Bergbau
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Washington Press
Duke University Press
The MIT Press
Trinity University Press
University of Washington
Environmental pollution
Environmental history
Public health
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Texas (U.S.)
Washington (state, U.S.)
Idaho (U.S.)
Great Britain

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