Efforts to develop regulations in Korea similar to the US maximum achievable control technology (MACT) regulations for hazardous waste incinerators

Jeong Hun Kim, Yong Chil Seo, Deepak Pudasainee, Sang Hyeob Lee, Sung Jin Cho, Ha Na Jang, Ju Myon Park, Geum Ju Song, Kyu Shik Park

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The development of regulations patterned after the United States' requirement for maximum achievable control technology (MACT) to control hazardous air pollutants from major industrial sources in Korea is in progress. Current management practices and installed air pollution control devices were surveyed; emission tests and continuous emission data collected from facilities under operation were assessed considering other MACT requirements such as reporting, report keeping requirements. Emission sampling and air pollutant analysis were carried out at representative hazardous waste incinerators installed with wet-type and dry-type air pollution control devices. Korean and United States Environmental Protection Agency methods were used for sampling and analysis. The major heavy metals emitted were Zn, Ni, Pb, and Cr. The heavy metal removal efficiency of existing air pollution control devices was greater than 99%. The average mercury removal efficiency was more than 30%. Toluene; m,p-xylene; o-xylene; benzene; dichloromethane; styrene; ethylbenzene; 1,3-dichlorobenzene; and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene were the major volatile organic compounds emitted. The emissions from field tests were compared, reviewed, and analyzed with respect to MACT regulations to check applicability. Finally, draft guidelines were suggested for effective hazardous air pollutant management in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sept

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Acknowledgments This work was mainly supported by the Korea Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (KIEST) and was partially sponsored by the Brain Korea-21 (BK21) project in Korea.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials


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