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Main Title Metal Behavior during Medical Waste Incineration. (Chapter 15).
Author Lee, C. C. ; Huffman, G. L. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher Aug 90
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/A-94/227;
Stock Number PB95-130738
Additional Subjects Medical waste disposal ; Incineration ; Metals ; Chemical reaction kinetics ; Reprints ; Hospital solid wastes ; Combustion products ; Combustion efficiency ; Lead(Metal) ; Cadmium ; Mercury(Metal) ; Chromium ; Filters ; Scrubbers ; Air pollution control equipment ; Flue gases ; Ashes ; Waste management ;
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NTIS  PB95-130738 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 03/06/1995
Collation 14p
EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory initiated a study in 1988 to document what is known about medical waste treatment, particularly in the area of medical waste incineration. This paper is to summarize the findings from this study regarding the behavior of metals in incineration processes. Highlights of these findings are as follows: (1) Lead and cadmium are the two most-often-found metals in medical waste; (2) Metals can partition into different phases (gas, liquid or solid) but cannot be destroyed during incineration; (3) There are several potential pathways that metals follow to reach the environment; they exit incinerators with siftings, bottom ash, fly ash, scrubber waste, and flue gas; (4) Data on the capture efficiency of metals by air pollution control equipment used at medical waste incinerators is very limited; and (6) Wet scrubbers generally capture cadmium moderately well but normally perform poorly in removing chromium and lead. Fabric filter systems efficiently capture all metals.