IEP - Air Quality Research
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The DOE-NETL ambient monitoring program is designed to support the goal of obtaining a clearer understanding of how coal-fired power plants and other major point and non-point sources contribute to ambient PM2.5, regional haze and human exposure. NETL has chosen to focus on the upper Ohio River valley as the region of primary interest because of its high concentration of large coal-fired power plants whose emissions are intermingled with one of the largest regional urban complexes in the U.S. This region represents an ideal field laboratory to apply advanced methods for establishing a combination of local and regional source-receptor relationships, providing a severe "stress test" for these methods. The study of PM in a region that is believed to be heavily influenced by power plant emissions will also provide guidance for developing future emission reduction technology.
|Ambient Monitoring Sites in
Upper Ohio River Valley
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Many of the sites in the NETL ambient monitoring program include both Federal Reference Methods (FRM) and non-FRM samplers that allow for the collection and detailed chemical characterization of the samples. Continuous in-situ monitors are also deployed for mass and chemical composition and for measuring the concentration of important gas species such as SO2, CO, NH3, O3, and reactive nitrogen. In addition, meteorological information, including upper and lower wind speed and direction, relative humidity, precipitation, UV radiation, and temperature, is being collected.
The data obtained from the DOE-NETL monitoring sites will be used to support
source attribution analyses, evaluate emission inventories and air quality
models, measure trends, assess diurnal, seasonal, and annual variations in
ambient fine-particulate and air toxics composition, support epidemiological
and human-exposure studies, and evaluate regional haze and air toxic impacts.
FRM performance will also be evaluated in terms of potential operational issues
such as particle volatilization. In addition, the sites will serve as research
platforms for field-testing emerging ambient fine particulate monitoring equipment.