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>While we are waiting for a reaction of Peter Orris regarding our comment on
>the APHA resolution, the USEPA has issued new rules to cut mercury and
>dioxin emissions from hospital waste incineration. Under this rule,
>emissions at medical waste incinerators will be reduced 94 percent for
>mercury and 95 percent for dioxin. Other pollutants are targeted too.
>We picked this up from the E-link service, see:
>http://www.envirolink.org/archives/enews/0555.html
>They also provide a link to the USEPA, where the new rule is described:
>http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/rules.html
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>If you still think that omitting PVC or other chlorine sources from waste
>will reduce dioxin emissions, you should (re)read RACHEL'S HAZARDOUS WASTE
>NEWS #45 of 1987, where experiments at an incinerator in Pittsfield,
>Massachusetts are described. See:
>http://www.envirolink.org/pubs/rachel/rhwn045.htm
>Interesting also, the USEPA estimates that the costs for extra equipment to
>achieve the new limits will add the bill for hospital stay with 35 cents
>per bed per day, while one of the alternatives, onsite steam sterilization
>would increase patient costs with 42 cents per bed per day.
>See: http://www.envirolink.org/pubs/rachel/rhwn179.htm
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>Sincerely,
>
>Ferdinand Engelbeen
>Chairman Chlorophiles
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>Oude Ertbrandstraat 12
>B-2940 Stabroek
>Belgium
>Tel.&fax: +32-3-664.46.63
>http://www.ping.be/Chlorophiles/
>Ferdinand.Engelbeen@ping.be
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