Comparative assessment of particulate air pollution exposure from municipal solid waste incinerator emissions

TitleComparative assessment of particulate air pollution exposure from municipal solid waste incinerator emissions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAshworth D.C, Fuller G.W, Toledano M.B, Font A., Elliott P., Hansell A.L, de Hoogh K.
JournalJ Environ Public HealthJournal of Environmental and Public HealthJournal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume2013
Pagination560342
ISBN Number1687-9805
Accession Number23935644
Keywords*Environmental Exposure, *Incineration, Air Pollutants/*analysis, England, Environmental Monitoring/*methods, Humans, Models, Theoretical, Particulate Matter/*analysis, Solid Waste/analysis, Wales, Weather
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Research to date on health effects associated with incineration has found limited evidence of health risks, but many previous studies have been constrained by poor exposure assessment. This paper provides a comparative assessment of atmospheric dispersion modelling and distance from source (a commonly used proxy for exposure) as exposure assessment methods for pollutants released from incinerators. METHODS: Distance from source and the atmospheric dispersion model ADMS-Urban were used to characterise ambient exposures to particulates from two municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWIs) in the UK. Additionally an exploration of the sensitivity of the dispersion model simulations to input parameters was performed. RESULTS: The model output indicated extremely low ground level concentrations of PM10, with maximum concentrations of

Short TitleJ. Environ. Public HealthJ. Environ. Public Health
Alternate JournalJournal of environmental and public health