Skip to main content

Peracetic Acid vs. Chlorine and Caustic in an Industrial Air Scrubber

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial


Peracetic acid (PAA) was evaluated against chlorine and caustic in a 60,000 cfm air scrubber at California Spray Dry, a large animal rendering plant located in Stockton CA. The air scrubber had been treated with chlorine and sodium hydroxide in order to remove as much odor causing compounds as possible. Though the scrubber treatment was kept under very good control, daily odor complaints from the local community persisted. Also, operation and maintenance on the scrubbers was burdensome due to scale precipitation caused by the high pH water. Peracetic acid (PAA) was tested in order to determine the relative effectiveness of PAA vs. chlorine and caustic. The PAA performed much better as it removed both sulfide and ammonia in a single stage and kept the scrubber clean so that weekly acid washing was no longer necessary.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2004-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more