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Title: Toxic releases from power plants

Abstract

Beginning in 1998, electric power plants burning coal or oil must estimate and report their annual releases of toxic chemicals listed in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) published by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This paper identifies the toxic chemicals of greatest significance for the electric utility sector and develops quantitative estimates of the toxic releases reportable to the TRI for a representative coal-fired power plant. Key factors affecting the magnitude and types of toxic releases for individual power plants also are discussed. A national projection suggests that the magnitude of electric utility industry releases will surpass those of the manufacturing industries which current report to the TRI. Risk communication activities at the community level will be essential to interpret and provide context for the new TRI results.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
687347
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 18; Other Information: PBD: 15 Sep 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; TOXIC MATERIALS; INVENTORIES

Citation Formats

Rubin, E.S. Toxic releases from power plants. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.1021/es990018d.
Rubin, E.S. Toxic releases from power plants. United States. doi:10.1021/es990018d.
Rubin, E.S. Wed . "Toxic releases from power plants". United States. doi:10.1021/es990018d.
@article{osti_687347,
title = {Toxic releases from power plants},
author = {Rubin, E.S.},
abstractNote = {Beginning in 1998, electric power plants burning coal or oil must estimate and report their annual releases of toxic chemicals listed in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) published by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This paper identifies the toxic chemicals of greatest significance for the electric utility sector and develops quantitative estimates of the toxic releases reportable to the TRI for a representative coal-fired power plant. Key factors affecting the magnitude and types of toxic releases for individual power plants also are discussed. A national projection suggests that the magnitude of electric utility industry releases will surpass those of the manufacturing industries which current report to the TRI. Risk communication activities at the community level will be essential to interpret and provide context for the new TRI results.},
doi = {10.1021/es990018d},
journal = {Environmental Science and Technology},
number = 18,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {9}
}