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Main Title Priority Pollutant PAH Analysis of Incinerator Emission Particles Using HPLC and Optimized Fluorescence Detection.
Author Williams, R. ; Meares, J. ; Brooks, L. ; Watts, R. ; Lemieux, P. ;
CORP Author Environmental Health Research and Testing, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
Publisher c1994
Year Published 1994
Report Number EPA-68-D1-0148; EPA/600/J-94/399;
Stock Number PB95-126454
Additional Subjects Solid waste disposal ; Waste treatment ; Incinerators ; Air pollution control ; Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons ; Emission ; Fluorescence ; Particles ; Chromatography ; Municipal wastes ; Reprints ; EPA Method 610 ; HPLC(High Performance Liquid Chromatography)
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NTIS  PB95-126454 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 20p
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has investigated particle emissions from the incineration of various waste feeds. Emission particles from the incineration of municipal, medical/pathological, plastic and mixed wastes were captured and subsequently tested for biological activity. An ion-exchange fractionation of emission extracts yielded a base/neutral subfraction that contained a large portion of the total biological activity found. This subfraction was known to contain nonpolar neutrals, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), some of which are known mutagens and carcinogens. A modified version of U.S. EPA Method 610 for PAHs was utilized to quantify 15 of the 16 priority-pollutant PAHs found in emission particle extracts. Modification of Method 610 consisted of time-programmed excitation and emission wavelength selection for fluorescence detection. Only the PAH acenaphthylene, which has a low fluorescence intensity, could not be quantified at the desired levels using optimized fluorescent detection. PAH detection limits from 0.001 to 0.07 ng/mL extract were obtained. Emission rates based upon extractable organic matter, stack gas, mass of combusted waste and heating potential were calculated for each PAH and incinerator.