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Main Title Project plan for the sampling and analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls in Chicago phase II.
Publisher Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Ambient Air Monitoring Section,
Year Published 1986
OCLC Number 13711037
Subjects Air--Pollution--Illinois--Chicago--Measurement ; Polychlorinated biphenyls--Toxicology
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  TD883.145.I4P7 1986 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/28/2007
Collation ca. 160 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have significant commercial value because of their high chemical and physical stability, resistance to fire, low vapor pressure, and high dielectric (insulating) strength. The chemical stability and physical properties of PCBs that have made them commercially valuable also makes their safe disposal difficult. The environmentally preferred option for disposing of PCB containing wastes is incineration. In order to provide assurance that the operation of the SCA incinerator did not represent a threat to public health, the Illinois EPA initiated an air sampling study in the vicinity to measure the levels of PCBs in the ambient air. Quality control checks conducted during the study revealed a previously unknown weakness in the analysis method which caused the quantitative results to be unreliable. A revised method has now been validated and will be used to further characterize ambient air quality and assess the environmental impact, if any, of the incineration of PCBs in Chicago. The document presents the overall plan for the project. Objectives: (1) Quantitatively determine PCB levels in the ambient air at three locations in the area of impacted by the SCA incinerator in southeast Chicago; (2) Correlate the air sampling results and meteorological conditions with the operational parameters from the SCA incinerator; (3) Assess the environmental impact associated with the incineration of PCBs; (4) Establish background concentrations of PCBs in the ambient air in the area.
Cover title: Chicago air quality : PCB air monitoring plan. "February, 1986." "IEPA/APC/86-011." -- Cover. Bibliography: section no. 15.