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Re: Disaster bags burned in Crematories



I stand to be corrected as far as the chlorine in chlorinated plastics
being an ozone depleter.  I was given the information from Air Quality
staff who revisited the issue and this is what I return to P2Tech:

The chlorine released from the burning of "disaster" body bags is
typically in the form of HCl, which is more a health risk.  However, it
is still up for debate if a complete reaction occurs and since HCl is
highly reactive, a possibility of free Chlorine atoms exists.  How much
of an ozone depleting issue is this?  There is no definitive decision. 
Even recently, the whole chlorine in pools issue was looked at closely
for the effect on ozone.  Air Quality staff said the topic could
probably be found on the EPA website.  At this time, speculation must be
proved by science.  Any chemists out there to add to these Air Quality
ideas?

Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL  33763

(727) 464-4761
Fax (727) 464-3174

e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us

Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL  33763

(727) 464-4761
Fax (727) 464-3174

e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us

>>> <Sparks.John@epamail.epa.gov> 07/28/99 12:25PM >>>


What by-products of combustion make this an ozone depletion issue?