On-Site Incineration

by Calvin R. Brunner, Chief Engineer; CHM2M Hill, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 4, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


A variety of equipment is now available for incinerating hazardous wastes in situ. Thermal treatment, compared to land disposal, offers limited liability and immediate destruction. It is not cheap, but it is economical, effective and permanent, a viable option for thousands of contaminated sites across the country. Because no two sites are alike, obtaining all required permits takes up to 18 months and more. Equipment can be classified as permanent, mobile or portable, but all require a full range of utilities and provision for wastewater disposal. The five types of equipment discussed include rotary kilns, infrared incineration, circulating fluid bed, electric pyrolyzer, and high temperature fluid wall reactor. Remediation costs, shown in tables, ar highly variable and can only be estimated accurately with contractors' bids in hand.

Subject Headings: Incineration

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