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Curriculum: Agriculture: Energy & Environmental Technology [ 119.22(c)(9)]

The Texas Legacy site hosts a variety of educational curricula, lesson plans, keys and ideas, and supporting media, including video, databases, transcripts and other material.  Below you can find the TEKS Agriculture standards for Energy and Environmental Technology, particularly Hazardous Materials as described in section 119.22(c)(9), with relevant activities drawn from this archive.

Goal:  The student discusses the identifying, handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials:


Excerpts of TEKS Text

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Suggested Activities


(A)  identify types of waste;




TexasLegacy.org narrators go over many aspects of identifying, handling, storing and disposing of hazardous materials, with special attention to the types of waste, handling protocols, and programs and policies related to hazardous materials.


Hazardous materials include industrial fuels, oxidants, solvents, feedstocks, and many byproducts and wastes that are toxic, flammable, radioactive and/or explosive.


(B)  list safe handling, storing, and disposal procedures for hazardous materials; and


Exact methods and best practices are too distinctive and regularly evolving for TexasLegacy.org narrators to offer useful advice.


Handling, storage and disposal practices are unique to the various chemicals and activities involved.  It is best to turn to the responsible agencies (such as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and Material Safety Data Sheets for specific compounds.



(C)  discuss programs and policies relating to hazardous materials.


Some TexasLegacy.org participants have found themselves to be facility neighbors or otherwise affected by hazardous material handling, and can offer general policy insights.



Much of the policy discussion about hazardous materials focuses on the need to know more, whether about the chemicals themselves, or about their use in one's community, watershed, local roads, and even offshore.

Galveston toxicologist Marvin Legator stresses the need to do more testing on the toxicity of industrial chemicals.  At last count, only 25% of chemicals on the market had gone through full tests to assure health protection.

Winona rancher Phyllis Glazer and Midlothian landowner Sue Pope each found that their communities were having health problems related to hazardous material handling and disposal, underscoring the need for citizens to be aware of their neighbors' activities.

Hydrologist George Rice, in his role as an Edwards Aquifer Authority board member, has become active in government's efforts to monitor and regulate handling of hazardous chemicals in the Aquifer's recharge zone.

Marfa singer Gary Oliver raises concerns in this song about transport of radioactive materials on local roads and highways, given the risk of accidents and releases. 

Newspaper publisher Ed Harte explains how he became concerned in the 1960s about the risk of spills from oil and gas drilling offshore of the Coastal Bend, and worked to bring attention and regulation to the issue.



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