Improper Discarding of Motor Oil and Antifreeze and Its Effects on the Environment

Improper Discarding of Motor Oil and Antifreeze and Its Effects on the Environment

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Improper Discarding of Motor Oil and Antifreeze and Its Effects on the Environment According to a study published in the journal of Environment Science and Technology in 2004, the United States generates as much as one billion gallons of used oil a year. The majority of this oil consists of motor oils, transmission oils and hydraulic fluids used within the automotive and manufacturing industries. Used motor oil in particular contains toxic materials that pose a genuine threat to human health and the health of the environment. Individuals who opt to change their own car oil are left with a basin of used motor oil that requires disposal. Improper disposal methods include dumping into garbage cans and onto the ground, and pouring it down storm drains and sewers as well as sinks and commodes. Each one of these disposal routes sends used oil into the local groundwater system or waste treatment plants, according to Castrol. Groundwater contamination results when oil absorbs through soil layers and makes its way into lakes, streams, and rivers. These freshwater
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