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Developments in the characterisation of waste materials for environmental impact assessment purposes
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ECN Biomass, Coal and Environmental Research 13-9-2010
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ECN-W--06-025 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Journal of Geochemical Exploration (), , 2006, Vol.88, p.72-76.

The characterisation of waste is entering a new phase with the latest developments of characterisation leaching tests and associated modelling capabilities. The currently applied too simple testing approaches lead to poor choices in waste management. With the increased insight in release controlling processes chemical speciation aspects can be addressed even in the most complex and heterogeneous waste materials. From a composition perspective materials may be highly variable, but often materials are far more consistent in their leaching behaviour. This aspect should be exploited more extensively as it holds the key to treat waste materials in such a way that long term solutions are achieved rather than reaching temporary gains.

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