High levels of PCDD/Fs around sites with waste containing POPs demonstrate the need to review current standards

This is the abstract of the presentation at the Dioxin 2018 Symposium held in Kraków, Poland, 26 - 31, August 2018.

  • Author: Petrlik J 1,2,
  • Authors: Katima JHY3, Bell L1,4, Behnisch PA5, Wangkiat A6 1IPEN, Göteborg, Sweden; 2Arnika, Delnicka 13, Praha 17000, Czech Republic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 3College of Engineering and Technology, Department of Chemical and Mining Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, 35091 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 4National Toxics Network, Perth, Australia; 5BioDetection Systems BV (BDS), Science Park 406, 1098XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 6College of Engineering, Rangsit University, 12000 Pathum Thani, Thailand
  • Number of pages: 4
  • Language: English
  • Publication date: 31/08/2018

The introduciton of abstrac says: The case of use of mixed fly ash and bottom ash from the Byker waste incinerator (WI) for paving footpaths between allotments in Newcastle, UK between 1994 and 1999 led to serious contamination of free range poultry by PCDD/Fs1,2. It also raised awareness about use of WI residues contaminated by PCDD/Fs. Similar cases of “Kieselrot” in Germany led to the establishment of the first standards for PCDD/Fs limits in soil3. Both cases demonstrate impacts of uncontrolled use of waste containing significant levels of PCDD/Fs in scenarios with sensitive uses. It is now broadly assumed that tighter regulatory controls over wastes since that time would prevent any repeat of such incidents. However, recently obtained information about transfers of WI residues challenges this assumption. So, we asked the question, ‘are current legislative and regulatory measures to control movement of PCDD/Fs via waste transfers effective in preventing contamination incidents?

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