Waste management health risk assessment: A case study of a solid waste landfill in South Italy

E. Davoli, E. Fattore, V. Paiano, A. Colombo, M. Palmiotto, A. N. Rossi, M. Il Grande, R. Fanelli

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Abstract

An integrated risk assessment study has been performed in an area within 5. km from a landfill that accepts non hazardous waste. The risk assessment was based on measured emissions and maximum chronic population exposure, for both children and adults, to contaminated air, some foods and soil. The toxic effects assessed were limited to the main known carcinogenic compounds emitted from landfills coming both from landfill gas torch combustion (e.g., dioxins, furans and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs) and from diffusive emissions (vinyl chloride monomer, VCM). Risk assessment has been performed both for carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic effects. Results indicate that cancer and non-cancer effects risk (hazard index, HI) are largely below the values accepted from the main international agencies (e.g., WHO, US EPA) and national legislation (D.Lgs. 152/2006 and D.Lgs. 4/2008).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1608-1613
Number of pages6
JournalWaste Management
Volume30
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

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