More incinerators struggle to meet new emission rules

Two studies of emissions from clinical waste and sewage sludge incinerators have confirmed that many older units face a near impossible task to comply with incoming legislation. And a third study has also identified flaws in the control of dioxin and furan emissions from a more modern incinerator.

All three projects were carried out by Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) for the Department of the Environment (DoE). The first looked at a small clinical waste incinerator with a primary ignition chamber followed by a secondary combustion chamber forming the base of a 7-metre stack.1 Like most hospital incinerators, it has no gas scrubbing equipment.

Incinerators burning less than one tonne of clinical waste per hour are regulate

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