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Antimony, Arsenic, and Mercury in the Combustible Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste.
Haynes-BW; McConnell-JC; Law-SL
NTIS: PB 285 196 :11 pages
This research was conducted as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines program to recover metals, glass, and a combustible fraction from municipal solid waste (MSW). The objective of this analytical study was to determine the concentration of antimony, arsenic, and mercury in samples taken from various sampling areas in the Bureau of Mines raw refuse recycling plant and to compare these values with those for coals used in the generation of electricity. To provide the necessary analytical data, sensitive reproducible ashing-chemical digestion- atomic absorption procedures were adapted from published procedures. It was determined that antimony and mercury concentrations in the combustible fraction of MSW are approximately an order of magnitude higher than those found in coals presently used for power generation; the arsenic concentration is similar in both fuels.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 285 196
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