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Developing a trial burn plan
Author(s): Walter S. Smith; Tony Wong; Gary L. Williams; David G. Brintle
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Paper Abstract

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was designed to ensure that incineration facilities which treat hazardous wastes operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Under the requirements of RCRA, a trial burn must be conducted in order to obtain a fmalized operating permit. A trial burn is a test which determines whether an incinerator is capable of meeting or exceeding RCRA performance standards. If the standards are met, then the trial burn should identify the operating conditions necessary to ensure the incinerator's ability to meet or exceed the performance standards throughout the life of the permit. Development of the trial burn must incorporate interests of both the permit writer and the applicant. The permit writer wishes to obtain sufficient data necessary to establish the final permit conditions. The applicant wishes to obtain a final permit which allows the greatest flexibility of incinerator operating parameters. The areas of interest to be discussed, which allow the applicant and permit writer to achieve their goals, include understanding the problem, selecting a waste feed, choosing the principal organic hazardous constituents (POHCs), determining operating conditions, choosing appropriate sampling methods, and obtaining representative samples (QAIQC). The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of what is required to develop a trial burn plan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1434, Environmental Sensing and Combustion Diagnostics, (1 April 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48457
Show Author Affiliations
Walter S. Smith, Entropy Environmentalists, Inc. (United States)
Tony Wong, Entropy Environmentalists, Inc. (United States)
Gary L. Williams, Entropy Environmentalists, Inc. (United States)
David G. Brintle, Entropy Environmentalists, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1434:
Environmental Sensing and Combustion Diagnostics
Joseph J. Santoleri, Editor(s)

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