Frequent Questions

Would banning the burning of chlorinated waste eliminate the threat of dioxin emissions from hazardous waste combustors?

No, it would not eliminate dioxin emissions because the hazardous waste may not be the only source of chlorine in the feed to a hazardous waste combustor. For example, coal contains chlorine, the raw material to a cement kiln contains chlorine. There are also some coastal locations where chlorine in the ambient air can be a source of trace amounts of chlorine. Even low levels of chlorine in the combustion chamber and the exhaust gas streams at hazardous waste combustors can contribute to the formation and emission of dioxin.

For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/wastes/hazard/tsd/td/combustion.htm.

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