air quality standard Articles

  • The benefits of monitoring compressed air

    Compressed air is used in many manufacturing processes for many different reasons, from the actuation and control of pneumatic valves and cylinders to the operation of process machinery and tooling. It can also be used as a transport medium for bulk materials or as a purge gas. For all its uses it is nonetheless expensive. This is why, through detailed monitoring, a business can enjoy the ...


    By Contrec Europe Limited

  • On PM 2.5 Filters, Let’s just clear the air between us; ok?

    In the area of a former military building complex in the Chaoyang District of Beijing is a unique and thriving artistic community.  In the middle of this art district, is a strange 7-meter tall tower shaped like an avant-garde metallic pineapple.  Designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, it is both an artistic creation and a functional tool meant to test a possible solution for ...


    By Sterlitech Corporation

  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards Update

    You have seen ALL4 documenting the corresponding evolution of the NAAQS levels since the current U.S. EPA administration started in January 2009, and we will continue to follow them closely and provide you with updates that we think are important to your operations.  The following sections provide updates on the most important NAAQS and how you can plan for them today.  Discusses SO2, ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Avondale Foods effluent treatment - Case Study

    Introduction Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd. is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of coleslaw, wet salads, side salads, vegetable accompaniments, soups, sauces and mayonnaise to retail and foodservice customers throughout Britain and Ireland. The company has a team of over 380 people working in its state-of-the-art facility, with all products being manufactured on the ...


    By Water Tecnik Ltd.

  • Modeling for NAAQS Part 1: How to select the appropriate output for NO2

    The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 1-hour SO2, 1-hour NO2, and 24-hour PM2.5 use a very particular format. It is very important for all modelers (both within and outside of the U.S.) to understand how AERMOD handles this. In particular, U.S. users need to be familiar with the ...

  • Environmental Impact does NOT equal risk

    Auditing the new ISO 14001:2015:  Environment Impacts does not equal Risk In recent transition audits, there has been one common misconception that I have seen repeated, and that is that environmental impacts are risks.  This is not correct.  Environmental impacts do not equal risk. Let’s start ...

  • Expansion yields quality standards in Europe

    ' No aerosols/odors, maintenance savings, turndown capability, and improved treatment' resulted with the AIRE-O2® aerators, reported the engineer Problem This European chemical company’s propylene oxide/tertiary butyl alcohol plant decided to expand its activated sludge system. The existing 1.58 MG (6,000 m 3) concrete basin had reached capacity. Also, three 60 hp (45 kW) surface ...

  • What is sustainable air quality?

    For 40 years or more, air quality policy has been based on the paradigm of the air quality standard as a uniform criterion of acceptable environmental degradation, built on the foundations of the precautionary principle. However, developments in health science have undermined some of the underlying assumptions of this paradigm whilst technological emission controls have been offset by growing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Air quality in America

    Although most Americans tell pollsters they believe air pollution in the United States is getting worse, the reality is quite different. In 'Air Quality in America: A Dose of Reality on Air Pollution Levels, Trends, and Health Risks' (AEI Press, January 2008) environmental scientist Joel Schwartz and political scientist Steve Hayward demonstrate why air pollution has been dropping steadily for ...


    By Blue Sky Consulting Group

  • New American air quality standards focus on public health

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has significantly strengthened its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, the primary component of smog. These changes will improve both public health protection and the protection of sensitive trees and plants. Based on its review of the air quality criteria for ozone (O3) and related photochemical oxidants and national ...

  • EPA’s proposal to revise the air quality standards for ground-level ozone

    OnJune 20, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to strengthen the nation’s air quality standards for ground-level ozone. Recent scientific literature has improved our understanding of the adverse effects of ozone on both human health and the environment. This article summarizes the latest scientific knowledge on the effects of ozone and the key aspects of EPA’s proposal ...

  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken: A History of the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards

    ABSTRACT In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Air & Waste Management Association, this review examines the history of air quality management (AQM) in the ...

  • New Nitrogen Dioxide Ambient Air Quality Standard Could Pose Challenges

    In the more than 200 air quality modeling analyses that ALL4 meteorologists have conducted, demonstrating compliance with the annual nitrogen dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) of 53 parts per billion (ppbv) has rarely been an issue.  The relative ease for demonstrating compliance with the annual NO2 NAAQS is due to two (2) factors.  First, the ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • PM2.5 Air Quality Modeling Updates

    There has been much activity over the past six (6) months that will impact how air quality modeling analyses will be conducted for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit applications with respect to particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5).  As the resident air quality modeling expert at ALL4, I thought it ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Air quality in Europe — 2012 report

    'Air pollution is bad for our health. It reduces human life expectancy by more than eight months on average and by more than two years in the most polluted cities and regions. Member States must comply with EU air quality standards quickly and reduce air pollutant emissions,' Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment (EU, 2010a). Emissions of air pollutants derive from almost all ...

  • Air quality in Europe — 2015 report

    Air pollution is both an environmental and a social problem, as it leads to a multitude of adverse effects on human health, ecosystems, the built environment and the climate. Air pollution poses the single largest environmental health risk in Europe today. Air pollutants are emitted from anthropogenic and natural sources; they may be transported or formed over long distances; and they may affect ...

  • Air quality in Europe - 2014 report

    Despite considerable improvements in the past decades, Europe is still far from achieving levels of air quality that do not pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death in Europe; it increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases and has several environmental impacts, damaging vegetation and ecosystems. This ...

  • Synergistic effects of pollutants on air quality

    The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was developed in the USA to give the public an overall assessment of the air quality on a regular basis. Currently, the PSI does not include the synergistic effects of the major air pollutants. Synergism applies when the damage caused by two or more pollutants, either to human health or property, is greater than the effect or damage caused by each individual ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Dealing with Indoor Air Quality Issues

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) journal, the average American spends about ninety percent of their time indoors. This is why the chances are overwhelming that most of the air you breathe either has entered via your building's ventilation system... or filtered in through doors, windows, or porous wall materials. Along the way, the air might have picked up any number ...


  • 2013: a ‘perfect storm’ in air quality

    As many countries fail to meet air quality targets and large numbers of premature deaths still result from air pollution, Jim Mills, a particulate monitoring specialist and Managing Director of Air Monitors, explains why 2013 will be a pivotal year. In November 2011 Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, expressed his determination to make 2013 the ‘Year of ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

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