Incineration has been used widely for waste disposal, including household, hazardous, and medical waste--but there is increasing public concern over the benefits of combusting the waste versus the health risk from pollutants emitted during combustion. Waste Incineration and Public Health informs the emerging debate with the most up-to-date information available on incineration, pollution, and human health--along with expert conclusions and recommendations for further research and improvement of such areas as risk communication. The committee provides details on:
- Processes involved in incineration and how contaminants are released.
- Environmental dynamics of contaminants and routes of human exposure.
- Tools and approaches for assessing possible human health effects.
- Scientific concerns pertinent to future regulatory actions.
The book also examines some of the social, psychological, and economic factors that affect the communities where incineration takes place and addresses the problem of uncertainty and variation in predicting the health effects of incineration processes.
"The book is organised in a helpful manner for the relatively uninitiated, while containing up-to-the-minute technical information. ... It is readable to the interested layperson, and comprehensively informative -- without being difficult or academic. In my opinion its regular use of bullet points to summarise and to list information makes it useful for anybody wishing to share aspects of the knowledge contained to a wider audience. Each chapter ends with a helpful list of conclusions, and a further list of recommendations."
"This is an excellent, comprehensive overview of all the issues associated with waste incineration: technologies, processes and, most importantly, the understanding of health effects."
--Warner Bulletin, May 2001