Environmental Science, Management, And Policy

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Environmental Science Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz was given as part of A&WMA's live course, "GENESMP-100: Environmental Practices Review Specialty Course: Environmental Science, Management and Policy" in June, 2008.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      7560 t/y

    • B. 

      766 t/y

    • C. 

      756 t/y

    • D. 

      256 t/y

  • 2. 
    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a methodology to evaluate:
    • A. 

      Ecological impacts to the environment from industrial activities

    • B. 

      Costs to operate a facility over its useful life

    • C. 

      Environmental impacts of products from design through disposal

    • D. 

      Health risks from a product to a person over their lifetime

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is the most preferred method of reducing landfill disposal of waste?
    • A. 

      Composting

    • B. 

      Materials recovery

    • C. 

      Source separation

    • D. 

      Source reduction

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is a primary "greenhouse" gas because it absorbs the largest amount of long wave infrared radiation in the earth's atmosphere?
    • A. 

      Carbon monoxide

    • B. 

      Ozone

    • C. 

      Water vapor

    • D. 

      Methane

  • 5. 
    Cost Benefit Analysis of environmental decision making may be flawed since it does not take into consideration
    • A. 

      Equality and fairness

    • B. 

      Economic efficiency

    • C. 

      Identifying all non-trivial effects

    • D. 

      Discounting future costs and benefits

  • 6. 
    Water quality standards are most often based on:
    • A. 

      Existing or emerging technology

    • B. 

      Empirical predictive modeling

    • C. 

      Natural attenuation

    • D. 

      Alternative beneficial uses of water resources

  • 7. 
    In toxicology, the amount of a toxic agent which reaches a target organ is:
    • A. 

      Administered dose

    • B. 

      Ingested dose

    • C. 

      Effective dose

    • D. 

      Intake dose

  • 8. 
    Wetlands differ from lakes in that:
    • A. 

      Wetlands contain plants, lakes do not

    • B. 

      Wetlands have a distinctively higher rate of microbial decomposition than lakes

    • C. 

      Wetlands are "salt water" rather than "freshwater"

    • D. 

      Wetlands are thermally stratified

  • 9. 
    The main difference between point sources and fugitive emissions is:
    • A. 

      Point sources are toxic, fugitive emissions are not

    • B. 

      Point sources are always stacks, fugitive emissions are from mobile sources

    • C. 

      Point sources are manmade, fugitive emissions are natural

    • D. 

      Point sources are any identifiable single source of pollution, fugitive emissions are released to the air other than those from stacks or vents

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is not considered a source of indoor air contaminants?
    • A. 

      Mold, mildew, bacteria, etc.

    • B. 

      Building materials and furnishings

    • C. 

      Appliances

    • D. 

      Personal care products

  • 11. 
    The common exposure routes for environmental toxins are:
    • A. 

      Inhalation, oral, dermal

    • B. 

      Inhalation, oral, injection

    • C. 

      Inhalation, oral, open wound

    • D. 

      Inhalation, dermal, injection

  • 12. 
    Toxics may interact in an organism in which of the following ways
    • A. 

      Additive, synergistic, antagonism

    • B. 

      Additive, synergistic, potentiation, antagonism

    • C. 

      Additive, synergistic, negative, antagonism

    • D. 

      Synergistic, negative, antagonism

  • 13. 
    Adhesion to an extremely thin layer of molecules to the surfaces of solid bodies and liquids with which they contact is known as:
    • A. 

      Absorption

    • B. 

      Contact

    • C. 

      Adsorption

    • D. 

      Scrubbing

  • 14. 
    The three-way catalysts used in automobiles are an example of:
    • A. 

      Scrubbing

    • B. 

      Catalytic reduction and oxidation

    • C. 

      Catalytic reduction

    • D. 

      Thermal decomposition

  • 15. 
    Which of the following chemical is not effectively treated using Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE)?
    • A. 

      TCE

    • B. 

      Ethylbenzene

    • C. 

      Perchloroethylene

    • D. 

      Vinyl chloride

  • 16. 
    Effective Environmental Management Systems are based on:
    • A. 

      Laws and regulations

    • B. 

      The Quality Circle (Plan, Do, Check, Act)

    • C. 

      The Quality Circle (Plan, Act, Do, Check)

    • D. 

      Local customs and cultures

  • 17. 
    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is appropriate when focusing on a product to:
    • A. 

      Predict the final cost of the product

    • B. 

      Compare the cost of meeting or not meeting environmental requirements standard

    • C. 

      Identify the environmentally dominant stage in a product's life cycle

    • D. 

      Set production goals

  • 18. 
    Which of the following does not add to an organization's environmental aspects?
    • A. 

      Source reduction

    • B. 

      Resource consumption

    • C. 

      Releases to environment

    • D. 

      Energy generation and / or utilization

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is not a type of command-and-control regulatory requirements?
    • A. 

      Performance standards

    • B. 

      Design standards

    • C. 

      Tradable permits

    • D. 

      Specific pollution control equipment or technology