[Pharmwaste] Air quality?

Catherine Zimmer zimme053 at umn.edu
Thu Jul 30 09:42:29 EDT 2009


Hi Sarah,
I think you need to specifically ask some incinerators what their 
emissions look like when they incinerate pharmaceuticals.  I would 
specifically look at municipal incinerators, because their data is 
freely available.  Or if you have local incinerators that report to the 
state, that data would be available, too.  I would also check the info 
on Healthcare without Harm's website, 
www.noharm.org/us/medicalWaste/localIncineration.  Its important to know 
the detriments associated with incineration. 

Catherine Zimmer
Health Care Specialist

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
University of Minnesota
612.624.4635, 800.247.0015
http://www.mntap.umn.edu

Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent pollution



Holcomb, Sarah, NMENV wrote:
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> Does anyone know of any studies that have been done in relation to how 
> the incineration of pharmaceuticals affects air quality?  We're 
> looking at the option of a portable incinerator here in NM and I'm in 
> the throes of putting together a briefing paper for our department 
> secretary before he meets with the Board of Pharmacy and the Attorney 
> General. I would think that as long as only the pills/liquids are 
> incinerated, and that we're in compliance with RCRA, there shouldn't 
> be much of a problem, however, any info would really be appreciated.
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