Category: Pollutants

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that can be lethal in high concentrations. The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for CO is 9 parts per million (ppm) on an eight-hour average or 35 ppm on a one-hour averaging period. CO occurs naturally by the decomposition of organic matter. The primary man-made …

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Asbestos

What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a name given to a group of minerals which occur naturally as masses of long silky fibers. Asbestos is known for its unique properties of being resistant to abrasion, inert to acid and alkaline solutions, and stable at high temperatures. Because of these attributes, asbestos was widely used in construction …

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Potassium Iodide (KI)

What is it? Potassium Iodide is a salt, similar to sodium chloride (NaCI), normal table salt. KI is available in pill form or dissolved in water as a supersaturated potassium iodide (SSKI) solution. The pills contain a daily adult (children’s doses range from 16-65 mg depending on their size and age) dosage of 130 milligrams …

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Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

Jump to: Background Standard Status Trends Background Sulfur oxides (SOx) are colorless gases that are the result of burning sulfur. All fuels used by man (oil, coal, natural gas, wood, etc.) contain some sulfur, and during the combustion process, sulfur reacts with oxygen to form SOx. The primary source of sulfur oxides is the burning …

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Mercury

Jump to: Mercury in Products Frequently Asked Questions Sampling Data Additional Resources Contacts Advisories and Health Effects Mercury (Hg) is a naturally occurring metal found throughout the environment. It is a liquid at room temperature, combines easily with other metals and expands and contracts evenly with temperature changes. Because of these properties, mercury has been …

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Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Program

Methamphetamine is a derivative of amphetamine and is a powerful stimulant that affects the brain and central nervous system. Methamphetamine can be easily produced in simple labs (clandestine drug labs) using readily available ingredients including over the counter drugs and household chemicals that are cooked to produce the drug. In response to clandestine drug labs …

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