GILBANE GOLD. A video dramatization on engineering ethics Produced by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics for the National Society of Professional Engineers. GILBANE GOLD. The story is fictitious but it is based on a number of actual situations.
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A video dramatization on engineering ethics
Produced by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics for the National Society of Professional Engineers
The story is fictitious but it is based on a number of actual situations.
Present time scenes are presented in color.
Flashback scenes are presented in black and white.
Gilbane Gold is the name given to dried sludge from the Gilbane wastewater treatment plant. It is sold to farmers as a commercial fertilizer.
The annual revenue generated saves the average family about $300 per year in taxes.
Several years ago the city established strict limits on the discharge of heavy metals to the sewers to protect Gilbane Gold from the build-up of toxic materials that could end up in the farmer’s soil.
The city’s discharge limits are ten times more restrictive than Federal limits.
The limits are based on the concentration of the pollutants in the discharge with no restrictions on total weight of material discharged.
Z CORP is a computer components manufacturer discharging wastewater containing small amounts of lead and arsenic into the city sewer system.
The discharges meet the allowable levels based on the current test required by the city.
A new test , known only to Z CORP,shows the discharges exceed the city limits.
Z CORP has received a contract to manufacturefive times as many computer components as they currently produce.
The increased production will mean five times as much waste will be produced.
The city’s concentration limit can be met simply by adding five times more water to the discharge.
David Jackson – a young environmental engineer
Tom Richards – environmental engineering consultant
Phil Port - manager Z CORP environmental affairs
Frank Seeders – Z CORP engineering manager
Diane Collins – Z CORP vice-president and plant manager
Lloyd Bremen – former state commissioner of environmental protection
Dr. Winslow Massin – Professor Emeritus, Hanover University, School of Engineering
Maria Renato – TV reported from Channel 13
Dan Martin – Z CORP lawyer