Rolling Incinerators

by James Frank, Manager; Remedial Proj. Mngmt. Section, Div. of Land Pollution Control, Illinois Envir. Protection Agency, 2200 Churchill Road, Springfield, IL 62706,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 2, Pg. 49-51

Document Type: Feature article


The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is using a mobile incinerator to clean up a former oil and solvent storage/transfer operation which was badly contaminated. The benefits of incineration are outlined. The cost of incineration, though roughly double the cost of landfilling, is well worth it, since the potential for future problems is much less. When Lenz Oil Services, Inc., operating 30 miles south of Chicago, went bankrupt in Aapril 1986, the company left behind 7,000 tons of contaminated soil, 200 drums of oils, solvents and tar waste and several thousand gallons of organic liquid and sludge for disposal. After 20 years of hazardous waste mismanagement, contamination had even seeped 6 to 14 feet into the bedrock under the 2 acre site and into nearby wells. IEPA soil testing detected heavy contamination on the site, with various volatile and semi-volatile organic chemicals present in the bedrock. Once the cleanup is completed, 7,000 tons of soil and sludge will have been decontaminated and all liquid wastes incinerated to greater than 99.99% destruction removal efficiency. The process used by the IEPA in the cleanup is explained including the tanks, site safety, community relations, mobilization, the mobile incineration's air pollution control system, and the trial burns.

Subject Headings: Incineration

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