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NCJ Number: 134961 Find in a Library
Title: Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime
Author(s): D J Rebovich
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 183
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56000-014-7
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for use by law enforcement officials, criminologists, environmental scientists, and specialists in waste management, this analysis of crime involving the illegal disposal of hazardous wastes explains the nature and extent of the problem, governmental responses to it, and the characteristics of offenders.
Abstract: The discussion details the history and characteristics of hazardous waste generation, its legitimate disposal, and efforts to control its illegitimate disposal. Governmental successes and failures in addressing the problem are also described. The typical hazardous waste criminal is described as an ordinary, profit-motivated business owner who operates in an environment in which organized crime activity may be present but is not pervasive. Thus, the intensity, duration, and methods of the crime are more likely to be determined by the criminal opportunities available in the legitimate marketplace than by the orders of a controlling crime syndicate. The analysis concludes that criminal prosecution is more effective than civil remedies and recommends improved intergovernmental cooperation as well as research to develop innovative methods for treating and reducing hazardous wastes. Figures, tables, index, and 126 references (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Illegal hazardous waste disposal
Index Term(s): Corporate criminal liability; Crime specific countermeasures; Environmental offenses; Hazardous substances or materials
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