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Sources and sinks of dioxins: Germany

Authors
Journal
Chemosphere
0045-6535
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
25
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0045-6535(92)90174-p
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science

Abstract

Abstract Combustion processes are known to produce dioxins and especially municipal waste incineration is thought to have the highest contribution to the general background. On the other hand the general acceptance of non-thermal waste treatment methods such as composting is much higher than incineration. The results of an estimation on the input of PCDD/PCDF to Germany show that besides the thermal processes so-called sinks for pollutants, such as sewage sludge, compost, and foliage represent a reservoir to release dioxins by use in agriculture.

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