Recently Prof. Castaldi virtually presented a Keynote lecture on some results of research conducted during the pandemic on health impacts of WTE facilities to the 2020 BEEM conference attendees. This presentation is a brief overview of a more detailed document that will be published in the near future. That Title and abstract are below and the presentation, along with others that presented at BEEM. The link to the presentation (8KEN-19) is here https://app.xsync.co/onlineconference/5f4349e23d966d3214be0979/schedule/5f4f0847e222d224df54e0d6
A review of the health impacts of WTE facilities
Abstract: There has been considerable progress made with waste to energy (WTE) facilities over the past several years. Many countries that previously did not have WTE facilities have begun to construct them as they recognize the benefit of WTE for sustainable waste management. Those newly constructed facilities have created visibility for the WTE industry locally and worldwide. Some of that visibility has resulted in public concern over health impacts of WTE facilities based on outdated or incorrect information. There is a large body of scientific and engineering literature in the public domain that quantitatively documents the performance of WTE facilities and impacts of adhering to a sustainable waste management strategy. The longstanding and well-documented scientific consensus is that human health is not adversely impacted by WTE. As far back as 20 years ago, a National Research Council report in 2000 stated that pollutants such as particulate matter, lead, mercury, and dioxins and furans from well-run WTE facilities are expected to contribute little to environmental concentrations or to health risks. The presentation will cover the latest information in the peer-reviewed literature on health impacts of WTE facilities.
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