Characteristics of PCDD/F congener distributions in gas/particulate phases and emissions from two municipal solid waste incinerators in Taiwan

Hsien Chi Kai, Moo Been Chang, Ping Chang Chien Guo, Chieh Lin

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Abstract

Partitioning of PCDD/F (polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofuran) congeners between gaseous and particulate phases and removal efficiencies of the existing air pollution control devices (APCDs) for PCDD/Fs at two large-scale municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) in Taiwan are evaluated via stack sampling and analysis. Two MWIs investigated are equipped with activated carbon injection (ACI) and selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) as major PCDD/F control devices, respectively. The average PCDD/F concentrations of stack gases are 2.35 and 1.49 ng/N m3, and the international toxic equivalent quantity (TEQ) are 0.17 and 0.043 ng TEQ/N m 3 in MWI-A and MWI-B, respectively. The average removal efficiency of PCDD/Fs achieved with ACI+BF (bag filters) reaches 95% (MWI-A) while that achieved with the WS (wet scrubber)+SCR system reaches 99% (MWI-B). The results obtained on gas/particulate partitioning in flue gases indicate that particulate-phase PCDD/Fs accounted for 27.7% and 24.7% of the total PCDD/F concentrations at the outlets of cyclone (CY) and electrostatic precipitator (EP) for MWI-A and MWI-B, respectively. But the gas/particulate partitioning in flue gas after PCDD/Fs control devices is quite different in two MWIs. This study also indicates that total 2,3,7,8-substituted PCDD/F discharges are 142.3 μg TEQ/ton waste for MWI-A and 98.6 μg TEQ/ton waste for MWI-B, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-162
Number of pages15
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume347
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • Activated carbon
  • Catalyst
  • Dioxin
  • Incinerator
  • Stack sampling

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