EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

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    Epa = ss.
     
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    Now how in the hell does one measure the dust in the air?
     
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    I think they need to measure the dust on the ground.

    I'm not sure if Homosapiens will survive unless we get rid of all the dirt.
     
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    Actually, the proposed change would probably make the rule less stringent, not more. The current rule of 150 ug/m3 has the requirement that you can't exceed the limit "more than once per yr on average over a 3-yr period". This limit was set for the first time (for PM10 specifically) in 1987. The proposed change would lower the acceptable limit to 85 ug/m3, however it would also change the compliance to a 98th percentile/24hr method (similar to the requirement for small - PM2.5 - particles). This would allow for 21 violations over 3 years before a site was deemed out of compliance.
     
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    By volumetric air sampling. Calibrate a low flow air pump to draw say 30 Lpm (liters per minute) and extrapolate that to the equivalent of what a human inhales in a typical eight hour period (approx. 1200 Lpm). Use a filter media that would trap and isolate any particular compound (say nitrogen found in fertilizer or organic compounds) and analyze the results.

    The same technique used to measure the amount of asbestos fibers in the air.
     
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    Not too big on a healthy environment eh, Jeremy? I know. Let's burn some more rivers in your part of the country and maybe you'll see the reasons for wanting to preserve air, water and soil for ourselves and our posterity.
     
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    Oh pa-lease! :rolleyes:
     
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    So Americans should be free to pollute however and wherever they see fit? You think the EPA is a communist front? We should have no checks on what type of pollution happens? Can you imagine a steel mill? Think of it. Imagine the pollution a steel mill generates. Can you? Acids, benzene, lead, manganese, electric arc furnace dust. Can you imagine that? What about a power plant? Can you imagine the pollution coming from a power plant? How about a paper mill. Can you imagine the chemicals used to make different grades of paper?

    Now, think about the fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural chemicals used on a farm. That's the stuff in the dust some folk find unhealthy for people to be exposed to at certain levels. Maybe, just maybe it would be a good idea to get a firm grasp on: how much of that dust is being thrown into our lungs and onto our skin and; what's in that dust and; how much of that bad stuff can we be exposed to without adverse health affects.

    Gee! Sounds like something right out of the Kremlin, right?

    Think about it. think real hard.
     

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