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Main Title Assessment of Maleic Anhydride as a Potential Air Pollution Problem. Volume XI.
Author Patterson, Robert M. ; Bornstein, Mark I. ; Garshick., Eric ;
CORP Author GCA Corp., Bedford, Mass. GCA Technology Div.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Year Published 1976
Report Number GCA-TR-75-32-G(11); EPA-68-02-1337;
Stock Number PB-258 363
Additional Subjects Maleic anhydride ; Air pollution ; Chemical properties ; Physical properties ; Public health ; Industrial wastes ; Chemical industry ; Combustion products ; Assessments ; Air pollution control ; Toxicity ; Concentration(Composition) ; Sources ; Humans ; Plants(Botany) ; Animals ; Scrubbers ; Phthalic anhydride ; Esters ; Dyes ; Drugs ; Polyester resins ; Particles ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Air pollution effects(Animals) ; Air pollution effects(Plants) ; Air pollution effects(Materials)
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NTIS  PB-258 363 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 23p
Maleic anhydride is a white, crystalline solid with a sharp, irritating odor. The primary method of manufacture is based on the reaction between benzene vapor and air in the presence of a vanadium catalyst; and it is used to manufacture phthalic anhydride, esters, polyester resins, dye intermediates, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and fumaric acid. Maleic anhydride dust or vapor is an acute skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant at concentrations of about 2 ppm. The primary emission sources in descending order are phthalic anhydride production, maleic anhydride production, end product manufacture, and packaging losses. Control of maleic anhydride emissions can be effected by scrubbing the uncondensed portion of the reactor effluent after it passes through a partial condenser. This is done principally to recover maleic anhydride. Scrubbing is also used to control particulate emissions from flaking, tableting, and packaging operations with efficiencies of at least 98 percent. A number of other techniques are under development for controlling maleic anhydride emissions. Based on the results of the health effects research presented in this report, and the ambient concentration estimates, it is possible that maleic anhydride as an air pollutant might pose a threat to the health of the general population.