Fire on the Water

by Howard Smallowitz, Asst. News Editor; Civil Engineering—ASCE, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 2, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Incineration is a promising hazardous waste disposal technique. However, nobody wants an incinerator constructed near him, so waste handlers are considering burning hazardous wastes at sea. Opponents of the technology argue that too little is known about the effects of incineration on the fragile marine environment. Advocates of ocean burning maintain that, with tons of waste stockpiling on land, society has little alternative but to proceed.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Incineration | Fires | Water management | Seas and oceans | Waste disposal

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