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PARTICULATE MATTER SAMPLER ERRORS DUE TO THE INTERACTION OF PARTICLE SIZE AND SAMPLER PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS: BACKGROUND AND THEORY

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Pp. 062-072 in Air Pollution from Agricultural Operations III, Proceedings of the 12-15 October 2003 Conference (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA), Publication Date 12 October 2003.  701P1403.(doi:10.13031/2013.15499)
Authors:   M. D. Buser, C. B. Parnell, Jr., B. W. Shaw, and R. E. Lacey
Keywords:   Air, Air pollution, Environmental impact, Legislation, Mathematical models, Particle size distribution, PM, PM10, Pollution, Samplers, Sampling, Sampler performance

Agricultural operations across the United States are encountering difficulties in complying with the current air pollution regulations for particulate matter (PM). The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM in terms of PM10 and PM2.5, are ambient air concentration limits set by EPA that should not be exceeded. Further, State Air Pollution Regulatory Agencies (SAPRA’s) utilize the NAAQS to regulate criteria pollutants emitted by industries by applying the NAAQS as property line concentration limit. The primary NAAQS are health-based standards and therefore, an exceedance implies that it is likely that there will be adverse health effects for the public. Prior to and since the inclusion of PM10 and PM2.5 into EPA’s regulation guidelines, numerous journal articles and technical references have been written to discuss the epidemiological effects, trends, regulation, methods of determining PM10 and PM2.5, etc. A common trend among many of these publications is the use of samplers to collect information on PM10 and PM2.5. Often, the sampler data are assumed to be an accurate measure of PM10 and PM2.5. The fact is that issues such as sampler uncertainties, environmental conditions, and material characteristics for which the sampler is measuring must be incorporated for accurate sampler measurements. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide the background and theory associated with particle size distribution (PSD) characteristics of the material in the air that is being sampled, sampler performance characteristics, the interaction between these two characteristics, and the effect of this interaction on the regulatory process. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)