VOC Inventory at New York City Wastewater Treatment Plants

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by Richard Pope,
Bert Aubrey,
Demetrios Moschandreas,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water:

Abstract: Although the New York State Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) implementation plan is not yet in place, the Citys Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking a proactive approach to understand and control wastewater plant VOC emissions and to use federal guidelines as criteria for possible remediation. Before any remedial plan could be created, a sampling program was designed to generate a significant amount of data which the City needed to understand the sources and quantities of VOC releases. With the extensive wastewater, sludge, and air database, an interesting matrix of variables, including flow, diurnal and seasonal cycles, were evaluated, and resultant responses in VOC wastewater and air concentrations recorded.

Subject Headings: Wastewater treatment plants | Volatile organic compounds | Urban areas | Inventories | Wastewater management | Remediation | Emissions | Air quality | Environmental issues | Waste treatment | North America | United States | New York | New York City

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