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An industrial installation where raw material is treated to extract valuable or needed ingredients or to concentrate them. Many refineries use industrial processes that generate toxic emissions and polluting substances that require surveillance or monitoring and control by various means, often strengthened by legislation and regulation. A furnace is required to refine metals, and emissions often contain trace amounts of toxic compounds made up of other metals, such as arsenic or lead, that may create a serious environmental health danger.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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