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Arrested municipal waste incinerator ash as a source of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to the UK environment.

Wild, S. R. and Mitchell, D. and Yelland, C. M. and Jones, K. C. (1992) Arrested municipal waste incinerator ash as a source of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to the UK environment. Waste Management and Research, 10 (1). pp. 99-111.

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Abstract

Arrested fly ash samples from most currently operating municipal solid waste (MSW) incinerators on the U.K. mainland have been analysed for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The ashes have a mean PAH content of about 227 µg kg -1. This is generally lower than concentrations observed in U.K. surface soils. Benzo-[ghi]perylene was the most abundant individual compound, and the most frequently detected. The PAH content of ashes does not appear to be related to incinerator type, but rather it is likely that poor gas phase combustion favours higher PAH levels. The significance of PAHs in ash residues and their possible fate following disposal to landfill are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Waste Management and Research
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 22878
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2008 16:10
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22878

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