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What does an environmental engineer do? What does the workday typically involve?

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    According to the US Dept of Labor, this is what environmental engineers do:

    Environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems using the principles of biology and chemistry. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues.

    What kinds of work can an environmental engineer do?

    *Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps.

    *They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. *They conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality-control checks.

    *Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion.

    *They may also be involved in the protection of wildlife.

    *Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations and to clean up hazardous sites.

    For more info:

    American Academy of Environmental Engineers, 130 Holiday Court, Suite 100, Annapolis, MD 21401.

    Internet: http://www.aaee.net

    Good luck!

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