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EPA’s Particulate Matter Monitoring

Environmental Protection Agency

Photo credit: Rob Elleman, EPA Region 10.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researchers sampling smoke during prescribed burns of agricultural fields in Idaho test for particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/dibenzofurans (PCDDs/PCDFs), black carbon (BC), particle mass by size, CO, CO2, CH4, and aerosol characteristics.  This work has provided the EPA with information to better understand the interaction between the effects of prescribed burning of agricultural fields and ecosystem management.

The EPA's premiere applied engineering and scientific laboratory, the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) focuses on solving complex human health and environmental problems. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with divisions in North Carolina and Oklahoma, the EPA’s staff of engineers and scientists shares the mission to provide solutions to a wide range of environmental challenges.  Recognized as a national and international leader, NRMRL seeks to provide solutions to manage those problems by advancing engineering and scientific solutions.

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