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Energy reclamation

HAZARDOUS WASTE INCINERATION Edited by Calvin Brunner Tata McGraw-Hill Ltd

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The enemy within (Credit: Pradip Saha / cse)Calvin R Brunner is one of these writers who has his head so - in technical details that he loses sight of "m pactum While his JAmandous Waste nnimina, displays an 1&g knowledge of the Jodkies of incinerator efolikis is not surprising hwbr bW& and opertor or ignorant of or so discuss the myr eamental, public d economic problems icb am inevitable I plants. A discussion dianasors without this information is incomplete.

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The chapter on the recovery of energy from waste incinerators should be of special interest to Indian readers, as the ministry of non-conventional energy sources in New Delhi is currently inviting bids from companies to supply such technology. Brunner makes an interesting admission in his book: he lists advantages of reclaiming energy from burning waste, including generating revenue, decreasing supplemental fuel requirements and reducing flue gas temperatures. He admits what many commu- nities opposing incineration long suspected - that energy recovery systems are often installed "to obtain public acceptance of an incinerator project. The public may be more favorably disposed toward a system that recovers or saves energy than one that, in its perception, only incinerates hazardous waste."

The most glaring omission in the book is the failure to include a discussion of dioxin, an extremely toxic compound that is at the centre of much of the controversy over incineration in the us and western Europe. Brunner fails to rn@ntion the increasing scientific evidence linking combustion with formation and release of dioxin and amazingly, doesn't even include dioxin in the glossary!

I suggest that readers wanting to learn about hazardous waste incineration should instead read: Recycling v5 Incineration (Environment-A Defense Fund, Washington, DC), An Environmental Review of Incineration Technologies: A Technical Report (Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington, DC, 1986), Playing with Fire. Hazardous Waste Incineration (Green peace, Washington, Dc, 1990).

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