Health Risk Assessments of Waste Combustion Emissions Using Surrogate Analyte Models
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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Exposure assessments of open burn pits are often complicated by a lack of sampling equipment and resources. This research investigated the hypothesis of carbon dioxide CO2 as a viable surrogate for particulate matter with diameter 8804 2.5 956m PM2.5. Large-scale solid waste combustion tests resulted in linear trends between mean PM2.5 and CO2 R2 0.964 - 0.989. This pilot study demonstrates the feasibility of using CO2 as a surrogate of PM2.5 concentration as CO2 sensors potentially provide a cost-effective solution for monitoring in lieu of expensive PM instruments. It also indicates the potential reduction in particulate matter when using batch-feeding practices with burn boxes versus open burning.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control