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Pesticide Waste Disposal Technology (Pollution Technology Review No. 148).

Treatment Technologies for Solvent Containing Wastes (Pollution Technology Review No. 149). By M. Breton et al (Noyes Data Corporation, Publicity Department, Mill Road at Grand Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, 1988. 753 pp. US $64.00). Pesticide Waste Disposal Technology (Pollution Technology Review No. 148). By James S. Bridges and Clyde R. Dempsey (Noyes Data Corporation, Publicity Department, Mill Road at Grand Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, 1988. 331 pp. US $54.00). This reviewer dreads commenting upon books by Noyes Publications. The contents of these books are usually better than many competitors' publications and are sold at a fraction of most competitors' costs. In most cases, the material is either zeitgeist or extremely timely, and highly informative. Unfortunately, there is a price paid for this rapid publication in terms of print quality and organization. The two books reviewed here show the various facets of this publisher which are both commendable and appalling.

A well laid out book will prove to be a useful reference tool. One that has extremely useful and important information, yet is poorly organized so that one cannot find the subject matter readily, fails as a reference. If the print is easy to read, the book can be used for undergraduate teaching. If the type is barely legible, the text can only be used as graduate reference.

The first book is titled Treatment Technologies for Solvent Containing Wastes by M. Breton, P. Frillici, S. Palmer, C. Spears, M. Arienti, M. Kravett, A Shayer, and N. Surprenant. Although a useful compendium of old information, the information cannot, in general, be used to perform any detailed designs. It provides a good overview of technologies which have been used to treat solvent containing wastes. The following technologies are covered in varying amounts of detail: distillation, evapouration, steam stripping, air stripping, liquid-liquid extraction, carbon adsorption, resin adsorption, wet air oxidation, supercritical fluid oxidation, ozonation and various combinations with photoxidation, chemical oxidation, chlorinolysis, biological treatment processes, incineration, thermal treatment, land disposal.

Missing altogether is a section on membrane processes.

In general, the information provided is adequate to select viable treatment alternatives and provide approximate costs, but cannot be used for detailed design purposes. The reference provides few clues for finding good design material, and the authors should be reprimanded for this deficiency. There is no comparison of the competing technologies, nor a discussion of the advantage of each type of competitive design. There is an highly useful methodology for selection of alternatives but no discussion of which design in that specific alternative would have advantages over others.

Since the material is old, with inadequate details for design, this reviewer cannot recommend this book for use as a study guide, or as a general reference. It can be used by non-technical managers, salesmen and dilettante engineers.

The second book entitled Pesticide Waste Disposal Technology by James S. Bridges and Clyde R Dempsey is actually a compilation of the proceeding of workshops provided by the U.S. Protection Agency listed hereunder:

Proceedings: National Workshop on

Pesticide Waste Disposal (Denver Co

January, 1985);

Proceedings: Research Workshop on

the Treatment/Disposal of Pesticide

Wastewater (January 1986); and

Proceedings; National Workshop on

Pesticide Waste Disposal (Denver,

CO, January 1986).

This book is everything that the other book is not. It can be used as a reference, because the detailed information is accessible. Where the previous book could be used only for selection of alternatives, this book provides sufficient information for design.

It is an extremely useful and enlightening book, but not one without drawbacks. As a reference, it has an acceptable, but not extremely detailed subject index. (The table of contents doubles as the subject index.) The print is almost illegible. The book is so informative and exciting that reading it through completely in one sitting will definitely give the reader eyestrain and headaches.

In this day of personal computers (cum word processors) and desk top publishing, this sort of quality is inexcusable -- granted the books are put out in a minimum of time, but one only has to look at Lewis Publishers' quality and throughout to realize that a better job can be done with less lead time. Certainly no one could fault the excellent job that Lewis does on various conferences (such as the Purdue Industrial Waste Conference). Why Noyes Publications persists in such slipshod methods is beyond the ken of this reviewer.

Although this book is well worth the price to this reviewer, to some people, the information might not be the worth the work required to obtain it from this reference.

Like many of the books from B&L Information Services (another book company that specializes in highly informative books with quick turnaround), the contents are worth the purchase but these two publishers could easily produce top-quality products but these two publishers could easily produce top-quality products with minimum additional effort. It is unfortunate that this review cannot be completely positive for such an informative and timely book. Henry K. Miyamoto, MCIC MacLaren Plansearch Inc.
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Date:Jul 1, 1989
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