You are the project manager discuss your options define your position and defend it.
You are the project manager. Discuss your options. Define YOUR position and
Note: Ethics are personal interpretations of the proper course of professional con-
duct in a given situation. While there are “norms” for ethical decisions, they are
very much influenced by individual perceptions and therefore can justifiably show
You will be graded on your analysis and defense of your ethical positions on the
above issue, not on the positions themselves.
10.3. Nick is chief engineer in a phosphate fertilizer plant that generates more than
one million tons per year of gypsum, a waste collected in a nearby pile. Over many
years, the pile has grown into a mountain containing 40 million tons of waste.
There is little room at the present site for any more waste, so a new gypsum pile is
Current environmental regulations call for the elimination of acidic water seepage
and groundwater contamination by phosphates and fluorides. Nick’s design for the
new pile, which has been approved, incorporates the latest technology and complies
with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulations. However, he also
knows that the old pile-although exempt from the current regulations-presents a
major public hazard. When it rains, acidic water seeps through the pile, carrying
phosphates into the groundwater.
In a confidential report to management, Nick recommends measures that will pre-
vent the seepage from happening. His company turns down his proposal, stating
that, at present, no law or regulation demands such remedy. Use the four virtues,
four-component model, evaluation checklist, ethics checklist, and five P’s to help
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