Gilbane Gold

TitleGilbane Gold
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsDissent , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , Organizational , product , professional , professional responsibility , PUBLIC , public safety , RESPONSIBILITY , safety , whistleblowing
AbstractThe sludge from the Gilbane sewage plant has been for years sold as fertilizer, and the revenue of its sales helps the city of Gilbane to supplement its tax revenues. In order to protect this source of income, the town has placed severe restrictions on the discharge of heavy metals into the sewage, so the sewage is safe for farmers to use as fertilizer. Z Corp, a company in Gilbane, has been releasing a higher level of heavy metals into the city's sewage than allowed. As a new employee, should the engineer David Jackson tell the city about this fact?
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
Abbreviated Case NameGilbane Gold
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