Hazard Assessment of Landfill Fire Air Emissions

by Brooks W. Newbry, CH2M Hill, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


The PJP Landfill, located in northeastern New Jersey, is a suspected hazardous waste site, and is listed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List. In addition to contaminating ground and surface waters, it has reportedly been burning for over 20 years. Air emissions from these fires are of considerable concern to local residents. A study was conducted to assess the hazards of these air emissions. Airborne suspended particulate samples were collected in residential and business areas near the site and analyzed for extractable organics. Analysis of these data and prevailing wind data indicated that landfill air emissions significantly affect air quality. The human health hazard associated with these emissions was estimated to be equivalent to smoking 40 to 100 cigarettes per year under 'worst case' conditions. (Author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Landfills | Fires | Emissions | Waste disposal | Occupational safety | Air quality | Federal government | New Jersey | United States

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