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Author(s):Mirlner, Patricia; Epstein, E.; Rylander, R.; Haines, J.; Walker, J.; Ooi, B. L.; Horne, E.; Maritatio, M.
Author Affiliation:Soil Microbial Systems Laboratory of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland; E & A Environmental Consultants; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; New York State Museum; United States Evnironmental Protection Agency; Organic Recycling, Inc.; New York State Department of Health; ChemRisk.
Title:Bioaerosols and composting
Section:Analysis of health impacts
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Source:BioCycle, The Journal of Composting & Recycling. Vol. 36, No. 1, January 1995, p. 48-54.
# of Pages:7
Publishing Information:Emmaus, PA: The JG Press, Inc.
Abstract/Contents:Summarizes "Bioaerosols Associated with Composition Facilities", published in COMPOST Science & Utilization in the Autumn, 1994 issue. Reports information gathered to answer the question "'Do bioaerosols associatied with the operation of biosolids or solid waste composting facilities endanger the health and welfare of the general public and the environment?'" Includes instructions for identifying potential problems, several compost site case summaries, two solid waste composting studies, three yard waste studies, facility design suggestions, mitigation of exposures, site enclosure data, dispertion control information, and buffer distance In answer to the main question posed, "Composting facilities do not pose any unique endangerment to the health and welfare of the general public. The major basis for this conclusion is the fact that workers were regarded as the most exposed part of the community and where worker health was studied, for periods of up to ten years on a composting site, no significant adverse health impacts were found." It was also found that some people with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory diseases may experience discomfort near the composting plants, but this also was not seen as a health risk.
Language:English
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See Also:See also full article, "Bioaerosols Associated With Composting Facilities", Compost Science and Utilization, 2(4) Autumn 1994, p. 8-57, R=32572 R=32572
Note:Patricia Mirlner is editor of this article
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Mirlner, P., E. Epstein, R. Rylander, J. Haines, J. Walker, B. L. Ooi, et al. 1995. Bioaerosols and composting. BioCycle. 36(1):p. 48-54.
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