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Treatment of lead wastes from lead-acid battery recycling plants.
Lee AY; Wethington AM; Gorman MG
EPD Congress 1993: proceedings of symposia sponsored by the Extraction and Processing Division, and held at the TMS Annual Meeting, February 21-25, 1993, Denver, Colorado. Hager JP, ed. Warrendale PA: Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 1993 Feb; :927-942
The U.S. Bureau of Mines developed a method to treat lead-contaminated soil and ebonite battery casing wastes to produce a nonhazardous material. The cleanup procedure involves wet screening to separate a minus 18-mesh soil fraction; removal of metallic lead, rocks, wood, etc.; carbonation to change lead sulfate to acid-soluble lead carbonate; size reduction; acid leaching; and rinsing. Treated casing wastes and soils pass the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test and can be reclassified as nonhazardous materials. Based on this process, a conceptual pilot plant has been designed which will be demonstrated on wastes from two Superfund sites.
Lead; Environmental contamination; Battery manufacturing industry; Waste treatment
EPD Congress 1993: proceedings of symposia sponsored by the Extraction and Processing Division, and held at the TMS Annual Meeting, February 21-25, 1993, Denver, Colorado
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