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medical waste incinerator stack testing
After a couple years of stalling, a local 25 ton per day medical waste
incinerator is finally doing stack testing. The problem is that we have lost
confidence in the regulatory agencies overseeing the testing and need to have
a better understanding of the testing procedures. As community activists we
have learned that while taking the air samples to test for organics and
metals "the collected samples for the metals analysis were determined to be
invalid by the observers and new samples will be collected"
My question is this. Are there any scientific reasons to be suspect of the
claim that they would have to retest for metals. Could it be that a "typical
burn" would not be able to conform to both organics and metals, and that
perhaps they had fine tuned the system to pass the organics, knowing they
could retest (and re-tune?) for the metals?
Additionally, A week before the testing someone had overheard the Incinerator
owners, say that the testing should go well unless they have a "glass train".
Could someone explain the term glass train and why it would pose a problem ?
Is there any significance to their having to re-test for metals?
Obviously we need lots of tech ( and perhaps legal) help. If you, or someone
you know are familiar with the procedures for stack testing and if such
suspected shenanigans are common in the industry we would be most grateful
for advice and guidance.
Humanity Against Contamination