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PCB and PAH releases from power stations and waste incineration processes in the UK
PD Consulting, Magdalen, Brobury, Herefordshire, UK.
The Environment Agency, National Centre for Risk Analysis and Options Appraisal, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, Berkshire, UK.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals, Châtelaine (GE), Switzerland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1496-9245
2003 (English)In: Chemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, E-ISSN 1879-1298, Vol. 50, no 4, p. 469-480, article id PII S0045-6535(02)00627-6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study focused on emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from incineration and power generation processes. Increased concern over human exposure to both classes of compounds has meant that environmental regulators need to assess the contribution made by emissions from regulated processes to human exposure. In the first part of an assessment in the UK we reviewed literature data on emissions of PCB, focusing on the dioxin-like PCB assigned toxic equivalency factors by the World Health Organization, and PAR The literature study was supplemented by a series of plant tests to gather initial real plant data. Literature data were limited and the lack of standard protocols for measurement and reporting of both PCB and PAH meant that few data sets were comparable. Levels of dioxin-like PCB reported in the literature and measured in UK plant tests showed that well-controlled modern combustion plants with comprehensive pollution controls gave low emissions, typically about 5-10% of the toxic equivalent of the emissions of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans at the same plants and below the widely used standard of 0.1 ng TEQ/N m(3).

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Elsevier, 2003. Vol. 50, no 4, p. 469-480, article id PII S0045-6535(02)00627-6
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polychlorinated biphenyls; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; PCB; PAH; emissions; incineration; power generation; toxic equivalent
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Chemical Sciences Environmental Sciences
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Chemistry; Enviromental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47630DOI: 10.1016/S0045-6535(02)00627-6ISI: 000180078200002PubMedID: 12685746Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0037207645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47630DiVA, id: diva2:901275
Available from: 2016-02-07 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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