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Emissions of unintentional persistent organic pollutants from open burning of municipal solid waste from developing countries
POPs Research Centre, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
UNEP/DTIE Chemicals Branch, Châtelaine GE, Switzerland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1496-9245
POPs Research Centre, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Instituto Nacional de Ecología (CENICA), México DF, Mexico.
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2011 (English)In: Chemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, E-ISSN 1879-1298, Vol. 84, no 7, p. 994-1001Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Open burning of waste is the most significant source of polychlorinated dibenzo-para-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF) in many national inventories prepared pursuant to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. This is particularly true for developing countries. Emission factors for POPs such as PCDD/PCDF, dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCB) and penta- and hexachlorobenzenes (PeCBz/HCB) from open burning of municipal solid waste in China and Mexico are reported herein. Six different waste sources were studied varying from urban-industrial to semi-urban to rural. For PCDD/PCDF, the emission factors to air ranged from 3.0 to 650 ng TEQ kg(-1) waste and for dl-PCB from 0.092 to 54 ng TEQ kg(-1) waste. Emission factors for PeCBz (17-1200 ng kg(-1) waste) and HCB (24-1300 ng kg(-1) waste) spanned a wide but similar range. Within the datasets there is no indication of significant waste composition effect on emission factor with the exception of significantly higher Mexico rural samples.

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Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 84, no 7, p. 994-1001
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PCDD/PCDF; dl-PCB; PeCBz; HCB; Emission factor; Open burning
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Chemistry; Enviromental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47621DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2011.04.070ISI: 000293724000020PubMedID: 21624634Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960313112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47621DiVA, id: diva2:901284
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Government of Sweden through SIDA

Chlorine Chemistry Division, American Chemistry Council, USA

Available from: 2016-02-07 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2018-08-27Bibliographically approved

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