Size Distribution of Airborne Particuiate Matter Emitted by the Front-End Processing of Municipal Soiid Waste Feed Material for Large-Scale Anaerobic Digesters

H. P. Gerrish, R. Narasimhan, E. L. Daly, S. Sengupta, N. L. Nemerow, K. V. Wong

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Abstract

A 100-ton/day proof-of-concept facility has been constructed in Pompano Beach, Florida, to examine the feasibility of producing methane-rich gas from the anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste. One of the possible environmental impacts is from the particuiate matter emitted into the atmosphere by the secondary shredding and conveying of light fraction feed material to the digesters. It has been found that the amount of particuiate matter emitted into the atmosphere by the front-end processing Is an order of magnitude higher when the plant is operating compared to when it is not operating. It has been found that the particle size distribution is bimodal both when the plant is operating as well as when it is not operating. Particle concentrations of episodic nature were found in July 1981 which were four times the concentration found during normal plant operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-782
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Air Pollution Control Association
Volume34
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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