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Main Title EPA's Research in LCA Methodology.
Author Curran, M. A. ; Vigon, B. W. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab. ;Battelle, Columbus, OH.
Publisher 1993
Year Published 1993
Report Number EPA/600/A-93/154;
Stock Number PB93-212439
Additional Subjects Service life ; Environment pollution ; Environmental protection ; Pollution control ; Pollution abatement ; Waste disposal ; Waste recycling ; Waste management ; Manufacturing ; Production ; Acquisition ; Maintenance ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB93-212439 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 12p
Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a technical, data-based and holistic approach to define and subsequently reduce the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying energy and material usage and waste discharges, assessing the impact of those wastes on the environment, and evaluating and implementing opportunities to effect environmental improvements. The assessment includes the entire life-cycle of the product, process or activity encompassing extraction and processing of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, use/reuse, recycling and final disposal. LCA is a useful tool for evaluating the environmental consequences of a product, process, or activity, however, current applications of LCA have not been performed in consistent or easily understood ways. The EPA recognized the need to develop an LCA framework which could be used to provide consistent use across the board. Also, additional research is needed to enhance the understanding about the steps in the performance of an LCA and its appropriate usage. The paper will present the research activities of the EPA leading toward the development of an acceptable method for conducting LCA's.