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Environmental Engineering, Sixth Edition.

Environmental Engineering, Sixth Edition

Edited by Nelson L. Nemerow, PhD; Franklin J. Agardy, PhD; Patrick

Sullivan, PhD; and Joseph A. Salvato (2009)

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First published in 1958, Salvato's Environmental Engineering has long been the definitive reference for generations of sanitation and environmental engineers. Approaching its 50th year of continual publication in a rapidly changing field, the Sixth Edition has been fully reworked and reorganized into three separate, succinct volumes to adapt to a more complex and scientifically demanding field with dozens of specializations.

Updated and reviewed by leading experts in the field, this revised edition has been split into three volumes and offers new coverage of industrial solid wastes utilization and disposal, the use of surveying in environmental engineering and land use planning, and environmental assessment. Stressing the practicality and appropriateness of treatment, the Sieth Edition provides realistic solutions for the practicing public health official or environmental engineer.

Study reference for NEHA's REHS/RS exam. You can purchase the entire three-volume set, an individual volume, or pair the three-volume set with NEHAs REHS/RS Study Guide to assist you in preparing for NEHAs REHS/RS credential exam.

Three-Volume Set:

1,322 pages / Hardback / Catalog #701

Member: $340 / Nonmember: $370

Individual Volumes:

Environmental Engineering: Environmental Health and Safety for Municipal Infrastructure, Land Use and Planning, and Industry

556 pages / Hardback / Catalog #709

Member: $120 / Nonmember: $130

Environmental Engineering: Water, Wastewater, Soil and Groundwater Treatment and

Remediation

384 pages / Hardback / Catalog #709

Member: $120 / Nonmember: $130

Environmental Engineering: Prevention and Response to Water-, Food-, Soil-, and

Airborne Disease and Illness

382 pages / Hardback / Catalog #710

Member: $120 / Nonmember: $130

REHS/RS Study Guide Package B

(includes the three-volume set and NEHA's REHS/RS Study Guide, Third Edition):

Catalog #588-B

Member: $399 / Nonmember: $469

Editor's Note: The jollowing is a compiled excerpt jrom a review oj Environmental Engineering, Sixth Edition. View the entire review online at www.neha.org/store. Opinions expressed about this book either explicitly or implicitly are solely and completely those oj the author and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions oj the National Environmental Health Association.

A Review of Environmental Engineering, Sixth Edition

"Salvato" has one meaning to the registered environmental health specialist: the really big book you were supposed to read before the test! I myself used the Fourth Edition of Salvato's Environmental Engineering and Sanitation to prepare for the California Registered Environmental Health Specialist exam and later to prepare for NEHA's Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) exam. This book has been a mainstay in the environmental health field for decades. In 2003, we saw the Fijth Edition of the book to include a name change from Environmental Engineering and Sanitation to simply Environmental Engineering. Now, in 2010, we see the Sixth Edition emerge in the form of a sleek three-volume set.

So is the revamped three-volume set still an outstanding reference guide to prepare environmental health specialists for credentialing exams? Should we, as local or state environmental health practitioners, who are increasingly tasked to advise policy makers on sound environmental health policy, add the new edition to our bookshelves? The simple answer: Yes!

Environmental Engineering: Environmental Health and Safety for Municipal Infrastructure, Land Use and Planning, and Industry includes information that makes up approximately 24% of NEHAs REHS/RS exam content. This volume does a great job of tying together relevant environmental health issues concerning solid and hazardous waste management, institutional sanitation, housing, and air quality.

The ability to answer questions on potable water is a key component to most environmental health specialist exams. Water supply questions make up 8% of NEHA's REHS/RS credential exam. Of all of the revised sections of the Sixth Edition, the water supply section in Environmental Engineering: Water, Wastewater, Soil and Groundwater Treatment and Remediation is the most thoroughly covered. Included in this volume is a chapter on wastewater treatment and disposal. Wastewater also makes up approximately 8% of the REHS/RS exam content.

Finally, of all the volumes, Environmental Engineering: Prevention and Response to Water-, Food-, Soil-, and Airborne Disease and Illness is a hodgepodge of numerous sections of the Fifth Edition and represents the weakest component of the new edition. Section one of the Fifth Edition did an excellent job of delineating communicable and certain noninfectious diseases. This was one of the more important parts of the older versions. The new edition departed from an epidemiologically based presentation to a disjointed collection of disease transmission facts.

Environmental Engineering took a turn after the Fourth Edition from a more grounded approach in sanitation science to one based in classical engineering. I would argue that the latest edition moves further from sanitation science. However, Environmental Engineering, Sixth Edition is still a relevant reference to the environmental health practitioner. In today's world of seeking quick answers to complicated questions, a reference text like Environmental Engineering is a must-have text for the environmental health practitioner.

Corresponding Author: Pieter A. Sheehan, REHS, Chief, Office of Environmental Health and Protection, Department of Community Health and the Environment, St. Charles County Government, 1650 Boone's Lick Road, St. Charles, MO 63301. E-mail: psheehan@sccmo.org.
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