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1 Utilizing Updated Technologies and Methods for Environmental Benefit Joshua Anderson Columbia Southern University August 24, 2020
Abstract This essay combines the methods and technologies discussed throughout the course. Applying these techniques and methodologies to current environmental issues in a way the communicates full understanding of the topics. The EPA’s ammonia and mercury monitoring, and water treatment plans. Discussing hazardous waste and also solid waste landfills. Pollution is a topic of great importance as it affects every part of the globe, and how it can be reduced is on the forefront of environmental technologies. During environmental improvements, one also has to consider noise pollution that may be emitted, and how to prevent and mitigate it as well.
Utilizing Updated Technologies and Methods for Environmental Benefit Environmental technologies include a wide range of important aspects to everyone’s daily lives. From the water that is used in homes, to the garbage put out every week. Agriculture, utilities, and even public health are affected by environmental technologies put in place. In some countries there is extensive government oversight to prevent the effects of pollution, in others, there isn’t even infrastructure to ensure that safe water is distributed. Investments in advancements in this field are to the benefit of the entire human race. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program in 1995 as a way of developing protocols to test and verify new environmental technologies that can help to improve human health and the environment. The ETV verifies performances of air pollution control technology, drink water treatment, pollution prevention and greenhouse gas reduction. As part of this program, there is verified technology that helps to monitor the levels of ammonia emissions from agriculture. Ammonia contributes to particulate formation in the atmosphere, and can be linked to climate change. Flue gases are another contributor to climate change, in these gases is mercury. The ETV program partnered with The Advanced Monitoring Systems (AMS) Center to monitor mercury emission levels. Mercury that is emitted into the atmosphere can settle back onto bodies of water or on land, contaminating microorganisms. The cycle continues with mercury contaminating animals further up the food chain, and eventually humans. By launching

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