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Environmental Technology
Instructor: Mr. M Dorsey
EHSM 100


This website is designed to help you complete your EHSM research paper research.  The written report provides the student with the skills for researching information using library resources, formulating constructive ideas in written form, becoming familiar with report formats, and provide an exercise for practicing the use of correct spelling and grammar.  All are important skills to have to ensure your future success in education and future employment.

DIRECTIONS:  Each student is required to write a report on either an Environmental Health and Safety Issue or an Environmental Health and Safety Disaster.  A 10-15 minute oral presentation of your topic is also required.  Please see the written report and oral report guidelines provided by the instructor.  The instructor must approve each student’s report topic.  Topics must relate to Environmental Health and Safety.  A minimum of three resources must be cited, in bibliographic format as required by the instructor.  The Cuyamaca Library has a good selection of books on Environmental Health and Safety topics.  The following is a sampling of topics students may choose from however other related topics may also be appropriate if approved by the instructor.

Environmental Health and Safety Issues

  • Aerial application of malathion to control Medfly infestation

  • Chlorofluorocarbons use in Third World countries (try website Tox Town)

  •  Use of DDT in Third World Countries

  • Carlsbad Desalination Plant (we have books. Go to Library Catalog and type in desalination)

  • Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health

  • Carbon Emissions Trading

  • Industry Self-Regulation

  • MTBE  (try this website methyl tertiary butyl ether)

  • Hazardous Waste Incineration

  •  Methyl Bromide fumigation of fruits and vegetables

  • Mercury fillings in teeth (try this website Agency for toxic substances and disease registry and Tox Town)

  • Yucca Mountain, Nevada Hazardous Waste Repository

  • Nanotechnology (try to website nanotechnology and Tox Town)

  • California’s Green Chemistry (try website EPA green chemistry)

  • Kyoto Protocol

  • Global Warming

  • Acid Rain (try this website EPA acid rain)

  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

  • Fluoridation

  • Gregory Canyon Landfill

  • Mercury Emissions from Coal Plants

  • Nuclear Power Plants

  • Arsenic in Apple Juice

  • Genetic Engineering of Corn (try websearch for Monsanto)

  • Toxic Toys (try website Tox Town and type in toys in the search box)

  • Fracking – Hydraulic Fracturing Technology (try website called Tox Town)

  • Offshore Oil Drilling

  • Ethanol Production


Environmental Health and Safety Disasters

  • Bhopal India Union Carbide
  • Institute West Virginia, Union Carbide
  • Love Canal
  • AMOCO Cadiz oil spill (1978)
  • Buffalo Creek disaster (1972)
  • Huntington Beach, California oil spill (1990)
  • Santa Barbara, California oil spill (1969)
  • Keptone disaster (1973)
  • Sandoz chemical spill (1986)
  • Chernobyl, USSR nuclear reactor explosion (1986)
  • Kesterson Wildlife Refuge Three Mile Island nuclear reactor (1979)
  • Exxon Valdez Prince William Sound oil spill (1989)
  • Lake Shasta train wreck pesticide disaster (1991)
  • Stringfellow Waste Site
  • Hurricane Katrina 2005
  • Three Mile Island nuclear reactor (1979)
  • 911 World Trade Center (2001)
  • Hawks Nest (1930)
  • Coal ash disaster- Tennesee (2008)
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Drilling Platform (try this website BP Oil, 2010)
  • Fukushima Nuclear Incident (2011)




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