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Releases of Dioxin-like PCBs in Water, Soil and Residue Produced from High Thermal Processes and Waste Incinerators

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This paper presents the results of DL-PCB releases to water, soil and residue from waste incinerators, crematorium and various industries such as cement, textile, paper and pulp, steel, thermal power plant, landfill sites and bricks kilns. Total TEQ as per WHO-TEFs (2006) in water, soil and residue ranged from 0.005 to 1.884 pg/L, 0.007 to 33.041 pg/g and 0.001 to 0.013 pg/g, respectively. PCB #118 was the predominant mono-ortho congener; followed by PCB #105. PCB #77 exhibited the highest values amongst non-ortho PCBs in the samples collected.

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The authors are thankful to Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur for granting permission to present this work.

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Chavhan, C., Sheikh, J., Algiwale, T. et al. Releases of Dioxin-like PCBs in Water, Soil and Residue Produced from High Thermal Processes and Waste Incinerators. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 537–541 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-012-0689-5

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Keywords

  • DL-PCBs
  • High thermal processes
  • Incinerators