Incineration: no other form of hazardous waste disposal has matched its efficiency at volume reduction, and the permanent destruction of organic wastes.
That convenience may come at a price, as questions and concerns continue to surround the potential human health impacts and ecosystem effects allegedly caused by incineration.
Hazardous Waste Incineration: Evaluating the Human Health and Environmental Risks addresses those concerns by summarizing recent research. Commissioned in part by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this volume compiles reports and observations from specialists throughout the United States.
Fourteen chapters respond to the key questions posed by the researchers:
What is known about existing hazardous waste incinerators, and their impacts on human health?
Can the impacts of a proposed facility be evaluated before it is built, and if so, how?
What is the regulatory compliance record of existing commercial hazardous waste incinerators?
What methods can be used to monitor a facility's impacts after it is built?
Their response: the most complete treatment of the subject-a timely and controversial topic.
Table of Contents
Fundamentals of Hazardous Waste Incineration-C. David Cooper
Characterization of Potential Emissions from Hazardous Waste Incinerators and Related Facilities-Christopher M. Teaf, Isabel K. Stabile, Philip A. Moffat
Physical, Chemical and Toxicological Characteristics of Emissions from Hazardous Waste Incinerators and Related Facilities-Christopher M. Teaf, Isabel K. Stabile, Philip A. Moffat, J. Michael Kuperberg
Modeling the Atmospheric Dispersion of Hazardous Waste Incinerator Emissions-C. David Cooper
Methods for Health Risk Assessment of Combustion Mixtures-Rick Hertzberg, Glenn Rice, Linda Teuschler
Ecological Risk Assessment for Hazardous Waste Incineration-Robert D. DeMott
Evaluation of the Literature Regarding Ecological Effects of Hazardous Waste Incinerators and Related Facilities-Christopher E. Mackay
Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment for Hazardous Waste Incineration: A Case Study-Patrick J. Sheehan
Environmental Monitoring for Effects of Hazardous Waste Incineration-A.B. Shortelle, W.T. Marsh
Evaluation of Epidemiologic Studies on the Human Health Effects Associated With Hazardous Waste Incineration Facilities-Lara E. Fleming, Judy A. Bean, Isabel K. Stabile, Christopher M. Teaf
The Role of Epidemiology in Evaluating Potential Public Health Consequences of Hazardous Waste Incineration-Lara E. Fleming, Judy A. Bean
Medical Monitoring for Human Health Impacts from Hazardous Waste Incineration-Isabel K. Stabile, Stuart Brooks, Jill Mason
Quantitative Uncertainty Analysis-Stephen M. Roberts
Regulatory Compliance Within the U.S. Commercial Hazardous Waste Incineration Industry-John Schert
"Particularly excellent summaries are provided for the toxicology of mixtures, environmental and medical monitoring, and epidemiologic studies examining incineration...this book succeeds at combining theory and practice of risk assessment, giving insight from several accomplished practitioners...a valuable treatment of many critical topics..."-CHOICE, April 1999