Research and analysis

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) releases from inceneration and power generation processes

The aim of the project was assess the importance of releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from waste incineration and power generation processes.

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This project was commissioned by the Environment Agency with support from the Scotish and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) during December 1998. The aim of the project was to assist the Environment Agency in assessing the importance of releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from waste incineration and power generation processes. Both PCB and PAH occur as complex mixtures of many related chemicals, some of which are highly toxic and exposure to these compounds causes concern.