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Main Title Emissions of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons from the open burning of household waste in barrels /
Author Lutes, Christopher C.
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Author Title of a Work
Lemieux, Paul M.
Abbott, Judith A.
Aldous, Kenneth M.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air Pollution and Control Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1997
Report Number EPA 600-A-98-114
OCLC Number 813311143
Subjects Air--Pollution--Research. ; Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons--Environmental aspects--Research. ; Refuse and refuse disposal--Combustion--Research. ; Organic compounds--Combustion--Research.
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EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-A-98-114 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 10/22/2012
Collation [13] p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
"Paper to be presented at 13th Annual International Symposium on the Measurement of Toxic and Related air Pollutants, Cary, NC, September 1-3, 1998." "EPA/600/A-98/114." "PB99-102238." Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Backyard burning of household waste in barrels is a common waste disposal practice that produces emissions of numerous pollutants. Previous studies to characterize these emissions investigated a limited number of pollutants, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emissions were not evaluated. PAHs are a ubiquitous class of compounds that result from the incomplete combustion of organic matter. Exposure to materials containing PAHs can cause several types of cancer in humans. The U.S. EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer recognize the carcinogenicity of several PAHs by inhalation and ingestion. Using a waste mixture designed to simulate waste generated by an "avid recycler" and a "non-recycler," the emissions of volatile and semivolatile organic compounds, metals, acid gases, and respirable particulates were measured from a 55-gal. (208 L) burn barrel at EPA's open burning test facility. Total measured PAH emissions ranged from 23 mg/kg of waste burned (avid recycler) to 83 mg/kg (non-recycler). This study provides important data on a potentially significant source of emissions of air toxics.