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Source Sampling Fine Particulate Matter: Wood-Fired Industrial Boiler (EPA/600/R-01/106) December 2001
Project Summary

Fine particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less (called PM2.5) has been implicated in adverse health effects. A National Ambient Air Quality Standard for PM2.5 was promulgated in July 1997 by EPA.

A national network of ambient monitoring stations was established to assist states in determining areas that do not meet the ambient standard for PM2.5. For such areas, it is important to determine the major sources of the PM2.5 so that states can devise and institute a control strategy to attain the ambient concentrations set by the standard.

A tool often used by states in apportioning ambient PM2.5 to the sources is a source-receptor model. This model requires knowledge of the PM2.5 chemical composition emitted from each major source, as well as the chemical composition of the PM2.5 collected at the receptor (ambient monitoring) sites.

This report provides a profile for a wood-fired industrial boiler equipped with a multistage electrostatic precipitator control device. Along with the PM2.5 emission profile, data are also provided for gas-phase emissions of several organic compounds. Data are provided in a format suitable for inclusion in the EPA source profile data-base, SPECIATE.


N. Dean Smith

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