Waste Disposal

TitleWaste Disposal
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCHEMICAL engineering , Dissent , Employer/Employee Relationships , engineering ethics , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTAL engineering , Legal Issues , Organizational , professional responsibility , safety , whistleblowing , Workplace Safety
AbstractABC's chemical waste is stored in a warehouse at an off-site location. When engineer Scott Lewis notices several leaking drums during an inspection, he calls the head of ABC's Division of Chemical Waste, who wants to move the leaking drums back to the chemical plant. When Scott points out the law forbidding returning chemical waste to the "home" site, Tom replies, " I know, but I just don't have any confidence in the off-site people handling this. We know how to handle this best. it might not be the letter of the law, but our handling this issue captures its spirit."
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from website http://www.bsyse.wsu.edu/pitts/be120/Handouts/cases.htm
Abbreviated Case NameWaste Disposal
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