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Document Type: Article
Title: Recent developments in the application of risk analysis to waste technologies.
Authors: Pollard, Simon J. T.
Smith, Richard
Longhurst, Philip J.
Eduljee, G. H.
Hall, D. H.
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: S.J.T. Pollard, R. Smith, P.J. Longhurst, G.H. Eduljee and D. Hall, Recent developments in the application of risk analysis to waste technologies, Environment International, Volume 32, Issue 8, Environmental Risk Management - the State of the Art, December 2006, Pages 1010-1020.
Abstract: The European waste sector is undergoing a period of unprecedented change driven by business consolidation, new legislation and heightened public and government scrutiny. One feature is the transition of the sector towards a process industry with increased pre-treatment of wastes prior to the disposal of residues and the co-location of technologies at single sites, often also for resource recovery and residuals management. Waste technologies such as in-vessel composting, the thermal treatment of clinical waste, the stabilisation of hazardous wastes, biomass gasification, sludge combustion and the use of wastes as fuel, present operators and regulators with new challenges as to their safe and environmentally responsible operation. A second feature of recent change is an increased regulatory emphasis on public and ecosystem health and the need for assessments of risk to and from waste installations. Public confidence in waste management, secured in part through enforcement of the planning and permitting regimes and sound operational performance, is central to establishing the infrastructure of new waste technologies. Well-informed risk management plays a critical role. We discuss recent developments in risk analysis within the sector and the future needs of risk analysis that are required to respond to the new waste and resource management agenda.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2006.06.007
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