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Abstract

A research project on the release of TM from fossil fuelled power plants and their potential ecological and toxicological implications has been undertaken to assess the situation in the EC. As a first step, the study requires knowledge of the average value of the elemental TM content of coals burnt in European power plants. This represents the fundamental parameter for any quantitative assessment of the inputs of TM into the different compartments of the ecosystem. The importance of knowledge of TM content in coals for better understanding of the behaviour of the elements in coals during the conversion processes has been recently recognized. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the derivation of average values of TM content in hard coals burnt in European power plants as a basis for an assessment study of the EC situation. Analytical determinations of TM were carried out by neutron activation analysis (NAA) for a number of coals from big power producers and power plants operating in the EC. The results obtained were compared and integrated with the data existing in the literature thus deriving the mean values of TM in coals to be used for the assessment study.

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Authors: SABBIONI E, JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);GOETZ L, JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);SPRINGER A, JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);PIETRA R JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM HEALTH EFFECTS AND INTERACTIONS OF ESSENTIAL AND TOXIC ELEMENTS, LUND (SWEDEN), JUNE 13-18, 1983. PUBL IN THE SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, VOL. 29 (1983), PP. 213-227
Record Number: 1989122014700 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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