A Residuals Management Model for Regional Environmental Quality

Rangesan Narayanan
Bruce Bishop

DOI: 10.2190/313W-EJHH-2KXT-BFM4


Due to uncertainties in the development of the energy industry, the growing Utah economy is faced with alternative futures. Using an economic and demographic model, the population and level of economic activities have been forecast by the office of the State Planning Coordinators. Based on these projections, the amount of various residuals (solids, water-borne and air-borne) were estimated. A residuals management model is developed to investigate the feasibility of alternative treatment technologies incorporating residual transformation possibilities. A set of cost minimizing residual modification processes at each outfall is selected to meet prescribed environmental standards at specified receptor points using linear programming. The effectiveness of alternate environmental policies such as effluent charges and standards were analyzed using parametric programming. Solution to institutional and legal problems due to treatment technologies is demonstrated.

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