Authors: Kumar Ganesan
Abstract: The ambient particulates as PM-10 and PM-2.5 are of concern due to adverse health effects. The US EPA has ambient air quality standards for both of these size particulates. The mining town located in the southwestern Montana has been noted to exceed the ambient particulate standards. The mining operation located with in the city limit has been known to emit particulates. In addition, the residents burn wood as a source of heat during wintertime that adds to ambient particulates. This study was focused to evaluate the sources contributing to the problem and to help develop control strategies to reduce ambient concentrations. This research work included a study on particulate emissions from wood burning and assesses the existing air quality monitoring data for particulates. Meteorological data also was evaluated to understand particulate movements during different seasons. The study result was used to develop strategies to control particulates in the town.
Keywords: wood burning, particulates less then 10 micrometer, particulates less than 2.5 micrometer, ambient particulate standards