Toxic Cops

Toxic Cops

by D. J. Arneson

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Gr 7-12-- At last, a volume that covers how pollution laws are enforced as well as the need for them. Unfortunately, Arneson spends most of the book describing how hazardous wastes occur and how they harm the environment, so that the true crime stories are confined to the last of six chapters. This makes the book useful in libraries lacking other works on the subject, but diminishes its value for readers who have access to other titles. After an effective introduction that succinctly summarizes the contents, Arneson begins with an overall view of the ecosphere, emphasizing the elements vital to life. The following chapter describes types of life zones (oceans, lakes, and waterways, landmasses, and forests). Descriptions are brief but well connected. The author next documents pollution of air, water, and land, describing in general terms how it occurs. The final chapter dis cusses the ``toxic cops'' who enforce the laws regulating hazardous waste disposal. Generally, the writing is clear and quite lively, and some of the imagery is very effective. The tone is appropriately serious and well balanced; black-and-white photos are well placed. Michael Kronenwetter's Managing Toxic Wastes (1989) and Stephen Zipko's Toxic Threat (1986, both Messner) cover the problems of toxic wastes in similar fashion. Both have a bit more depth, but neither discusses the legal aspect. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA

Product Details

Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Venture Books Series
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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