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PTR-MS and Indoor Air Research

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Indoor air quality research continues to grow substantially over the last several years. Most research prior to the 2010’s was focused on outdoor emission sources, rather than the indoor air; with people spending almost 90% of their indoors, indoor air quality has a severe impact on people’s health. A specifically problematic aspect air monitoring within […]

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Philadelphia Refinery Explosion – Air Quality Impact

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On Friday, June 21, 2019 at 4:00 a.m., a massive series of explosions erupted on a South Philadelphia refinery complex. According to the Philadelphia Fire Department, a vat of butane had ignited and eventually exploded. The fire caused a thick cloud of smoke to cover the neighboring areas, particularly concentrated east of the refinery. RJ […]

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Is Area Source Designation for Emissions from Oil & Gas Production Activities on the Horizon?

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  • 2:31PM Aug 27, 2014
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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-based, chemical compounds that evaporate easily into the air. Long-term exposure and high concentrations of some VOCs can be dangerous to human health and/or cause harm to the environment. What’s O&G Got to Do with It? In the United States, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry is responsible for 12% […]

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