- Posted July 24, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Industry's prescription for unhealthy profit loss
The bitter pill industry feels men, women and children should all be willing to ingest to prevent even costlier controls on what they pollute:
Swallow 72 ppm Carbon Monoxide, 13 ppm Nitrogen Oxide, 3960 mcg Particulate Matter and 3 ppm Sulfur Dioxide a day.
Those are the EPA required Air Quality Index ppm and mcg standards for these major pollutants for Moderate Air Quality. Oh, and there are Alerts when the dosage increases.
The US EPA monitors industry pollution emissions to attempt to maintain Air Quality Index Standards of as close to Moderate as possible.
Not always possible since industry releases 51 million tons of Carbon Monoxide, 11 million tons of Nitrogen Oxide, 3 million tons of Particulates and 6 million tons of Sulfur Dioxide. A total of 71 million tons per year.
That's not all the pollutants released into our air. Only the major pollutants are included in EPA Air Quality Alerts.
Remind industry they and their families breathe the same air we do.
Pollutant information sources:
View National Emissions Estimates at: http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/aqtrends.html
View Air Quality Index Standards for these major pollutants at:
General info: http://www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/information/aqi.html
Carbon Monoxide: http://www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/information/co.html
Nitrogen Dioxide: http://www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/information/no2.html
Particulate Matter, fine and course:
Sulfur Dioxide: http://www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/information/so2.html