Ocean Incineration and the Coastal Zone

by Sally Ann Lentz, Oceanic Society, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Despite over ten years of incinerating liquid hazardous wastes in the North Sea, the scientific community and the public continue to raise serious concerns about the effectiveness of this technology for destroying wastes, the toxicity of incinerator emissions on the marine environment, and the ability to measure such impacts. This paper discusses the status of ocean incineration, both internationally and domestically, with regard to the scientific, technical and legal concerns associated with this technology. Coastal areas are identified as facing the greatest risks from use of this technology. Those special coastal zone risks are examined, as well as possible responses to incineration activities. An appropriate role for ocean incineration in a comprehensive waste management strategy is discussed.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Ocean engineering | Incineration | Coastal environment | Water pollution | Environmental issues | Hazardous materials | Hazardous wastes | North Sea

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