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Latest Findings on Toxic Emissions of Waste Burning. AUB Study

AUB’s air quality research unit to on the toxic emissions of waste burning sites shows that “during waste burning days, carcinogens in the air increase by at least2,300%,” according to the findings made by the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS)’s joint Air Quality Research Unit.

The study measured the concentrations of some of these toxins on the rooftop of a four-story residential building near an open burning site east of Beirut between October 2 and November 26, 2015. These concentrations were then compared either to previous measurements or to ones taken a week away from nearby burning incidents and after it had rained. Subsequently, the Unit was able to assess the cancer risk of exposure to these chemicals.

The analysis of particulate matters of 10 micrometers or less or 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter (PM10, PM2.5, respectively), for instance, showed that their daily averages exceeded the 24-hour WHO guidelines by up to 276% and 171%, respectively, and that both of them registered spikes on October 5 and 17.

The metal markers of waste burning, which were measured according to US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) IO-3.5 methods and include lead, cadmium, titanium, arsenic, and many others, had increased by 98% to 1448%. The AUB Solid Waste Management Taskforce  launched the Guide to Municipal Solid Waste Management..

The soft copy of the guide in the link below: http://www.aub.edu.lb/units/natureconservation/library/Pages/waste-management-guide.aspx

 

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