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Dioxin, Are we at risk?: presented by EPA's Linda Birnbaum PhD

       14 - Newly identified dioxin sources

bulletOpen burning of household waste
bullet"Worst Case" scenario for generation of dioxins
bulletPCBs also produced
bulletEmissions are several orders of magnitude higher than for
controlled combustion in a modern incinerator
bulletForest fires and volcanoes are relatively minor sources
(examples of uncontrolled combustion)

TRW Note: comments below are not part of Birnbaum presentation (if you click on any of the links below, use the Back button of your browser to return to this page)

"At higher risk of exposure to dioxin are children, nursing infants, some workers and farmers, people who eat fish as a main staple of their diet such as some indigenous peoples and fishermen, and people who live near dioxin release sites. These groups of people are likely exposed to at least 10 times as much dioxin as the general population. "

This statement was made in the American Peoples Dioxin Report published by the  Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, a group which evolved out of the Love Canal incident.  The section of the report titled "Science" has an excellent description of dioxin and and how it is measured (TEQ's).  A supporting document Technical Support Document provides the scientific basis and support for the conclusions and recommendations made in the report.

 

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