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Effect of thermal sludge processing on selected components of air quality in the vicinity of a wastewater treatment plant

Robert Cichowicz and Artur Stelęgowski

Lodz University of Technology, Łódź, Poland

 

E-mail: robert.cichowicz@p.lodz.pl

Abstract: Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) generate considerable amounts of sewage sludge. The thermal sludge treatment system (TSTS) is therefore one of the most important technological units of a WWTP. However, due to technological processes involved in thermal sludge treatment, specific chemical, physical and biological conditions may arise that can affect air quality both within the WWTP area and in its vicinity. This study uses data from experimental measurements taken in and around a WWTP to assess the impact of thermal sludge treatment on air quality. The selected facility is located in the Group Sewage Treatment Plant in the Lodz Agglomeration and serves a population of around one million. The concentrations of harmful gaseous substances, bacteria, fungi, particulate matter and thermal energy were investigated. The qualitative and quantitative characteristics of physical, chemical, and biological factors and their influence on air quality are presented.

Keywords: Air quality ; Particulate matter ; Thermal energy ; Bacteria and fungi 

Full paper is available at www.springerlink.com.

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-018-0636-y

 

Chemical Papers 73 (4) 843–849 (2019)

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