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1) dioxin and chickens 2) Medical PVC, Dioxins and EPA policy
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- Subject: 1) dioxin and chickens 2) Medical PVC, Dioxins and EPA policy
- From: "Charlie Cray" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 16:07:09 +0000
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- Organization: Greenpeace
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Today's Chicago Sun-Times had a front-page story on the meat recall
and this story on page 18:
More than 1,000 cases of processed breaded chicken, intended for
school lunches, was tainted with a toxic chemical and will be
destroyed, Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture notified the State Board of Education that
the chicken contained higher-than-acceptable levels of dioxin, and
the state in turn warned local officials, a schools spokeswoman said.
None had been served to students.
2) Despite missing the PVC-dioxin connection in the new MACT rule, it
seems that nearly ten years ago USEPA recognized the connection
between PVC in the medical waste stream and dioxin emissions from
medical waste incinerators and the need for a reduction/elimination
strategy based on segregation and/or replacement of PVC. Too bad
they didn't recognize in the MACT rules what they themselves had
already concluded (similar to the weaknesses in the dioxin
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Hospital Waste Combustion
Study: Data Gathering Phase," EPA-450/3-88-017, Washington, D.C.,
"... it may be estimated that about 85 percent of a hospital's
waste stream can be categorized as general refuse, while the
remaining 15 percent is contaminated with infectious agents.
Thus, segregation of wastes at the point of generation can
reduce the volume of infectious waste significantly. After
segregation of infectious and non-infectious wastes, further
segregation of the non-infectious portion could be possible.
Plastics and metal-containing components of the waste, such as
sharps, could be segregated: this could result in lower HCl,
polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated
dibenzofurans, and trace meal emission rates. ... Another
approach to possibly lowering HCl and PCDD/PCDF emission rates
would be to have hospitals use low chlorine content plastics.
This could be accomplished if the health care industry were to
use plastics such as polyethylene and polystyrene in place of
polyvinyl chloride, which contains over 45 weight percent
Greenpeace US Toxics Campaign
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Note new e-mail address: Charlie.Cray@dialb.greenpeace.org