ambient air particulate matter concentration News

  • EPA Sued for Setting Weak Particulate Matter Standards

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (ENS) - Thirteen states, the District of Columbia and a California state agency filed a joint lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for ignoring scientific evidence and the advice of its own experts in setting weak standards for air pollution known as fine particulate matter. The lawsuit challenges a new rule adopted by the EPA in ...

  • Particulates, Smog Targeted in European Clean Air Strategy

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 22, 2005 (ENS) - The European Commission Wednesday proposed a formal strategy for achieving improvements in air quality across Europe. The thematic strategy on air pollution aims by 2020 to cut the annual number of premature deaths from diseases related to air pollution by almost 40 percent from the 2000 level and to reduce the area of forests damaged by airborne ...

  • Air Monitors launches latest industrial particulate monitors

    A new report published in September 2012 by the European Environment Agency shows that almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM); one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health because it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. Colin Craggs from instrumentation specialist Air Monitors ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

  • EPA Study Finds Elevated Particulate Levels in Air on Train Platforms at Chicago Union Station

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released an air quality study that documents elevated concentrations of particulate matter (PM2.5) in ambient air on train platforms at Union Station in Chicago. The concentration of PM2.5 in air on the train platforms was 23 - 96 percent higher than concentrations recorded on nearby streets on the days that monitoring was conducted last summer. The ...

  • ASTM D1357 - 95(2011) standard practice for planning the sampling of the ambient atmosphere

    Since the analysis of the atmosphere is influenced by phenomena in which all factors except the method of sampling and analytical procedure are beyond the control of the investigator, statistical consideration must be given to determine the adequacy of the number of samples obtained, the length of time that the sampling program is carried out, and the number of sites sampled. The purpose of the ...


    By ASTM International

  • “Clean air for all - all for clean air”

    Ladies and Gentlemen, “Clean air for all - all for clean air”. This sounds like the slogan of the three musketeers'. Perhaps this should be expected here, in the country of Alexandre Dumas. Bravo! The theme of this panel nicely summarises the ‘essentials’ to successfully addressing one of the most important health and environment challenges we face today: …. ...

  • Clearing the Air in Alberta – Five regions exceed or near limits of Air Quality Standards

    The Government of Alberta has released the results of the latest report on Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards and the results are not encouraging. The report report indicates the Red Deer region has exceeded national standards and four other regions are approaching limits. Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are national standards for particulate matter and ozone exposure. This is ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Tackling air pollution in China

    Original story at MIT News A recent study estimates that about 1.6 million people in China die each year — roughly 4,000 a day — from heart, lung, and stroke disorders due to poor air quality. Most of the nation’s ...

  • California’s Rule 1466 to Control Toxic Particulate Emissions from Earth-Moving Operations is in Full Effect

    Last July, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopted Rule 1466 – Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. The new rule was amended last ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Declining air pollution improves life expectancy

    A new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found an association between reductions in fine particulate matter and improved life expectancy in 545 counties in the U.S. from 2000 to 2007. It is the largest study to date to find beneficial effects to public health of continuing to reduce air pollution levels in the U.S. The study appears in the December 3, 2012 ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Newly found health effects of air pollution call for stronger EU air policies

    Long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) can trigger atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) review released today. REVIHAAP – the “Review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution” – also suggests a possible link with neurodevelopment, cognitive function and diabetes, and ...

  • USEPA Approval for Ecotech’s High Volume Air Sampler

    The US EPA has announced the designation of Ecotech’s HVS3000 High Volume Air Sampler as a new reference method for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the ambient air. The designation is made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 53, as amended on July 18, 1997 (62 FR 38764). The newly designated reference method is identified as follows: RFPS–0706–162, Ecotech Pty. Ltd. Model 3000 PM10 High ...


    By American Innovations (AI)

  • USEPA Approval for Ecotech’s High Volume Air Sampler

    The US EPA has announced the designation of Ecotech’s HVS3000 High Volume Air Sampler as a new reference method for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the ambient air. The designation is made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 53, as amended on July 18, 1997 (62 FR 38764). The newly designated reference method is identified as follows: RFPS–0706–162, Ecotech Pty. Ltd. Model 3000 PM10 High ...


    By Ecotech Pty Ltd

  • EU states approve new air quality directive

    EU citizens will soon be better protected from the negative health effects of fine dust particles,  thanks to a new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. The legal text was adopted at the Council meeting on on Monday in Luxembourg, following an agreement with the European Parliament under the conciliation procedure. It foresees a limit of 25 µg/m3 for the ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • SIMAIR: a new internet tool to evaluate local air quality

    A new computer-based tool has been developed in Sweden to help local authorities evaluate air pollution at street level. It allows the results to be compared easily with EU air quality standards. SIMAIR is a user-friendly, internet-based tool, designed for the road network throughout Sweden. It can assess concentration levels for four pollutants: fine particles (PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ...

  • Questions and Answers on the new European air quality directive

     Questions and Answers on the new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe 1) What is the issue? Air pollution is caused by the emission to the atmosphere of certain substances which, alone or through chemical reaction, can damage human health and/or the environment. Air pollution is both a local and a transboundary problem as emissions from one country can travel large ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • FIDAS PM monitors chosen for Irish air quality network

    Following a public consultation in 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland has awarded a contract for up to 44 particulate matter (PM) monitors to enhance and expand the existing monitoring network. The successful bid was submitted jointly by EMS Environmental Monitoring Systems Ltd. (Dublin) and Air Monitors Ltd. (UK). The award is a major component of the EPA’s new ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

  • Initial Chanute environmental screenings complete; air monitors in place

    Federal and state regulators have completed the first phase of environmental screenings in Chanute, Kan. The sampling includes surface water, sediment, fish tissue and limited air screenings in Chanute, Kan. The sampling was conducted by scientists and technicians in a joint state-federal partnership between the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and the U.S. Environmental ...

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