HEAVY-METALS AS MARKERS FOR ASSESSING ENVIRONMENTAL-POLLUTION FROM CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE AND PLASTICS FIRES

A A MEHARG, M C FRENCH

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Abstract

Case histories of large, accidental fires are presented to illustrate that heavy metals may be used as markers to assess the extent of localized environmental contamination resulting from fires. Due to the complexity of fire chemistry with respect to organic pollutants, determination of organic pollutants in the environment following a fire would be time consuming and expensive. Using heavy metals as markers on the other hand is much cheaper and can be done very rapidly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1987-1994
Number of pages8
JournalChemosphere
Volume30
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 1995

Keywords

  • COMBUSTION
  • CONTAMINATION
  • CADMIUM
  • DIOXIN

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