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Radiation Treatment of Gaseous and Liquid Effluents for Contaminant Removal

Proceedings of a Technical Meeting Held in Sofia, 7–10 September 2004

English IAEA-TECDOC-1473 92-0-110405-7
148 15.00 2005

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Strategies to tackle environmental pollution have been receiving increasing attention throughout the world in recent years. Power generation using fossil fuels, industry and vehicles are responsible for the release of pollutants into the atmosphere. During the combustion process various pollutants such as fly ash, sulphur oxides (SO2 and SO3), nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO2 + NO) and volatile organic compounds are emitted. Radiation processing using electron beam accelerators has shown promising results in treating this effluent. Over the past few years, radiation treatment techniques have been developed and deployed for ensuring environmental safety from gaseous and liquid effluents. It has been demonstrated that electron beam flue gas treatment (SOx and NOx removal), wastewater purification and sludge hygienization can be effectively deployed. The meeting covered all these aspects and this publication provides a good summary of all the relevant information in this field.

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