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Incineration and human health

State of knowledge of the impacts of waste incinerators on human health (executive summary)


After pollutants from an incineration facility disperse into the air, some people close to the facility may be exposed directly through inhalation or indirectly through consumption of food or water contaminated by deposition of the pollutants from air to soil, vegetation, and water. For metals and other pollutants that are very persistent in the environment, the potential effects may extend well beyond the area close to the incinerator. Persistent pollutants can be carried long distances from their emission sources, go through various chemical and physical transformations, and pass numerous times through soil, water, or food. National Research Council (2000)

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Full Report (ISBN 90-73361-69-9) see ‘Gate to EHS’ (www.scientificjournals. com/ehsonline), link ‘Greenpeace Res. Lab.’, or call up the DOI :http://dx.doi. org/10.1065/ehs2001.02.007

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Allsopp, M., Costner, P. & Johnston, P. Incineration and human health. Environ Sci & Pollut Res 8, 141–145 (2001).

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