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Abstract

During the past few years the public has become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the hazardous wastes generated by the majority of industrial activities. At the same time, awareness has been growing that certain disposal methods used for such waste may pose risks to human health and the quality of the environment. Furthermore hazardous wastes which were indiscriminately disposed of become a dramatic problem. Waste is frequently a complex mixture and the identification of its composition is difficult. One of the apparent major problems is the lack of readily applicable methods available to evaluate a wide variety of constituents in wastes. Although a variety of methods has been described in literature and seem appropriate for use in internal investigations, only a few methods are approved and standardized. Therefore the development of valid identification protocols is vital, because at present it is far from complete and not completely suitable to solve the two basic types of analytical problems. The first type involves confirmation of the presence and quantity of a suspected product. The other problem concerns these situations in which unknown waste is located and its evaluation is desired.

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Authors: FACCHETTI S JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: RELIABILITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL TRACE ANALYSIS, ISPRA (ITALY), MAY 4-8, 1987 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 33510 ORA
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Record Number: 1989126022601 / Last updated on: 1989-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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