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Comparisons of levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the surrounding environment and workplace of two municipal solid waste incinerators.
J Hazard Mater. 2006 Oct 11; 137(3):1817-30.JH

Abstract

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in the surrounding environment (outdoor) and workplace air of two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWIs, T and M) were characterized and compared. T and M represented two typical municipal solid waste incinerators in the north of Taiwan, which have different processes for controlling the PCDD/F emissions. The results of this study are summarized as follows. (1) The total PCDD/F and the total PCDD/F WHO-TEQ concentrations in the workplace air were 5-13 and 5-15 times higher than those in the outdoor air, respectively. Obviously, it is worthwhile to explore more on health risk assessment for exposure of PCDD/Fs emitted from MSWIs, particularly in the workplace air. (2) Mean total PCDD/F I-TEQ concentrations in the outdoor air ranged between 0.0216 and 0.155 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) and averaged 0.0783 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) (0.0828 pg WHO-TEQ/Nm(3)) during two seasons for two MSWIs, which were 6.5-fold higher than that of a remote site (0.0119 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) or 0.0132 pg WHO-TEQ/Nm(3)) in Taiwan. However, the above outdoor air concentration levels in the MSWIs were still much lower than the air quality limitation of PCDD/Fs (0.6 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3)) in Japan []. (3) PCDFs were the primary toxicity distributors for PCDD/Fs in the outdoor air, since the ratios of PCDDs/PCDFs (I-TEQ) at all sampling sites ranged from 0.180 to 0.492 and were less than unity. (4) The OCDD, OCDF, 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD and 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF were the four dominant species in both workplace and outdoor air near MSWIs. (5) By spraying water on and wetting both the fly and bottom ashes, the mean total PCDD/F I-TEQ concentration in the workplace air was reduced 86.9% in the T MSWI. The above results indicate an appropriate improving action did inhibit the fugitive emission of PCDD/Fs and reduce the health risk of workers during work handling ashes in MSWIs.

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Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University of Technology, Yung-Kang, Tainan County 710, Taiwan. ssi10@mail.ksu.edu.twNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16787703

Citation

Shih, Shun-I, et al. "Comparisons of Levels of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the Surrounding Environment and Workplace of Two Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators." Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 137, no. 3, 2006, pp. 1817-30.
Shih SI, Wang YF, Chang JE, et al. Comparisons of levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the surrounding environment and workplace of two municipal solid waste incinerators. J Hazard Mater. 2006;137(3):1817-30.
Shih, S. I., Wang, Y. F., Chang, J. E., Jang, J. S., Kuo, F. L., Wang, L. C., & Chang-Chien, G. P. (2006). Comparisons of levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the surrounding environment and workplace of two municipal solid waste incinerators. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 137(3), 1817-30.
Shih SI, et al. Comparisons of Levels of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the Surrounding Environment and Workplace of Two Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators. J Hazard Mater. 2006 Oct 11;137(3):1817-30. PubMed PMID: 16787703.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Comparisons of levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in the surrounding environment and workplace of two municipal solid waste incinerators. AU - Shih,Shun-I, AU - Wang,Ya-Fen, AU - Chang,Juu-En, AU - Jang,Jiun-Shiang, AU - Kuo,Fan-Leng, AU - Wang,Lin-Chi, AU - Chang-Chien,Guo-Ping, Y1 - 2006/05/16/ PY - 2006/02/05/received PY - 2006/04/21/revised PY - 2006/05/08/accepted PY - 2006/6/22/pubmed PY - 2007/1/27/medline PY - 2006/6/22/entrez SP - 1817 EP - 30 JF - Journal of hazardous materials JO - J Hazard Mater VL - 137 IS - 3 N2 - Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in the surrounding environment (outdoor) and workplace air of two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWIs, T and M) were characterized and compared. T and M represented two typical municipal solid waste incinerators in the north of Taiwan, which have different processes for controlling the PCDD/F emissions. The results of this study are summarized as follows. (1) The total PCDD/F and the total PCDD/F WHO-TEQ concentrations in the workplace air were 5-13 and 5-15 times higher than those in the outdoor air, respectively. Obviously, it is worthwhile to explore more on health risk assessment for exposure of PCDD/Fs emitted from MSWIs, particularly in the workplace air. (2) Mean total PCDD/F I-TEQ concentrations in the outdoor air ranged between 0.0216 and 0.155 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) and averaged 0.0783 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) (0.0828 pg WHO-TEQ/Nm(3)) during two seasons for two MSWIs, which were 6.5-fold higher than that of a remote site (0.0119 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3) or 0.0132 pg WHO-TEQ/Nm(3)) in Taiwan. However, the above outdoor air concentration levels in the MSWIs were still much lower than the air quality limitation of PCDD/Fs (0.6 pg I-TEQ/Nm(3)) in Japan []. (3) PCDFs were the primary toxicity distributors for PCDD/Fs in the outdoor air, since the ratios of PCDDs/PCDFs (I-TEQ) at all sampling sites ranged from 0.180 to 0.492 and were less than unity. (4) The OCDD, OCDF, 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD and 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF were the four dominant species in both workplace and outdoor air near MSWIs. (5) By spraying water on and wetting both the fly and bottom ashes, the mean total PCDD/F I-TEQ concentration in the workplace air was reduced 86.9% in the T MSWI. The above results indicate an appropriate improving action did inhibit the fugitive emission of PCDD/Fs and reduce the health risk of workers during work handling ashes in MSWIs. SN - 0304-3894 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16787703/Comparisons_of_levels_of_polychlorinated_dibenzo_p_dioxins/dibenzofurans_in_the_surrounding_environment_and_workplace_of_two_municipal_solid_waste_incinerators_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0304-3894(06)00492-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -