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Bioaerosols from Land-Applied Biosolids: Issues and Needs

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Abstract:

Bioaerosols are a vehicle for the dissemination of human and animal pathogens. Because of land-filling costs and the ban on ocean dumping of municipal biosolids, land application of biosolids and animal manure is increasing all over the globe. There is no doubt that the creation, generation, and disposal of human and animal wastes increases the aerosolization potential of a wide variety of microbial pathogens and related pollutants. In an attempt to address public health issues associated with the land application of municipal biosolids, the U.S. National Research Council (Washington, D.C.) published a report on this issue in 2002. This paper focuses on the current information and technology gaps related to estimating the public health risks associated with bioaerosols during the land application of biosolids.

Keywords: aerosols; biosolids; pathogens; risk assessment; wastewater sludge

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143007X156763

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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