Thermal desorption has been widely used in treating petroleum-contaminated wastes and is finding increasing use in remediation of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA 1992e) states that treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by thermal desorption is ongoing, planned, or completed at 19 sites, embracing 8 poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 5 semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and 3 pesticides. See table 4.1 (on page 4.2) for the status of thermal desorption projects. Chapter 5.0 presents case studies that also demonstrate the applicability of thermal desorption. See also the draft US EPA Engineering Bulletin: Thermal Desorption Technologies, appended as Appendix B (US EPA 1993).
KeywordsCombustion Dust Hydrocarbon PAHs Chlorinate
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