Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime

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Until recently, both the public and industry considered waste to be a common term describing all types of garbage, making no distinction between fairly innocuous and dangerous forms of waste. If business firms were caught dumping their wastes, it was treated more as a nuisance than as a criminal act; the common images of the criminal and the dumper were worlds apart. In Dangerous Ground, Donald J. Rebovich closes this perceptual gap, providing essential information and analysis of hazardous waste crime and the hazardous waste criminal. Rebovich's portrait of the criminal dumper is a surprising one. Most commonly, he is an ordinary, profit-motivated businessman who operates in an environment in which syndicated crime activity may be present but by no means pervasive. The author's research uncovers a criminal world of the hazardous waste offender unlike any theorized about in the past. It is a universe in which the intensity, duration, and methods of the criminal act will be more likely determined by the criminal opportunities available in the legitimate marketplace than by the orders of a controlling crime syndicate. It is also a world where one's criminal position is often determined by aspects of employee trust, antagonism, and solicitation in the workplace. Dangerous Ground places the new criminal culture in illuminating perspective by detailing the basic elements of the history and character of hazardous waste generation, its legitimate disposal, and efforts to control illegitimate disposal. Government response to the problem is documented; its failures as well as its successes. The author concludes by presenting his analysis of what the future holds for this crime area and valuable recommendations for enforcement. Dangerous Ground is the most complete and up-to-date account of hazardous waste crime available. It will be of interest to law enforcement officials, criminologists, environmental scientists, and specialists in waste management.
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Examines dumpers of hazardous waste as criminals, comparing their behavior to other criminals. Finds a fairly unusual environment, in which the intensity, duration, and methods of the crime are determined by opportunities in the legitimate marketplace, rather than by a crime syndicate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560000143
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Beginnings of the Problem 1
2 The Search for the Hazardous Waste Offender: Past Works 11
3 An Empirical Approach to Hazardous Waste Crime Research 15
4 Law Enforcement Structures of the Sample States 23
5 Distribution of Data 29
6 Working the System 35
7 Physical Surroundings and Detection Avoidance 45
8 Creating a Criminal Maturation System 51
9 Hazardous Waste Crime as Organized Crime 59
10 Investigation Methods/Prosecution Obstacles 77
11 Discussion of Results 91
12 Prospects for the Future 107
Epilogue 125
A. Organized Crime and Hazardous Waste 137
B. Research Methods 147
References 159
Index 165
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