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Re: Pollution concentration near factory

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Mon Jun 21 1999 - 11:40:00 CDT

Without knowing more specific information, it is not possible to
provide an accurate assesment. It would be necessary to know
what specific chemicals are emitted by the facility and their
emission rates.

Some background reading may be helpful. We have some fact
sheets available:
        What are VOCs and do Printing Related Materials
 Contain Them, <>.
        What is a Hazardous Waste?

You may be able to determine how much the pollution has
dispersed by using a simple computer model available from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. The SCREEN model is used by
regulators to give such a quick assesment. It can be obtained free,
complete with instructions, from

If you know the pollutants and their concentrations, you can
compare them with U.S. regulatory concentrations. I am familiar
with the regulations in my home state of Wisconsin. The emission
rates of hazardous chemicals which are deemed to be safe and thus
are allowed by my state are listed on the web in section NR445 of

This information can give you a basis to assess the situation for

Bob Gifford

On 19 Jun 99, at 9:40, PNEAC_Customer wrote:

> ---------------------------------------------
> There is a relatively large color and
> b/w printing press facility, about
> 400-600 meters away from the faculty
> residences at our University.
> Is it possible, at such a distance, for
> ink, solvent, etc. air concentrations
> to be large enough to warrant
> concern for human health?
> We understand a proper evaluation
> would require knowledge of the
> specifics, but we would appreciate
> knowing your best judgement of
> whether the distance in question
> would provide reasonable safety.
> Thank you sincerely,

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