Evaluation of the effect of domestic solid fuel burning on ambient air quality in Ireland

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Measurements of particulate pollution were undertaken at 4 monitoring locations, Navan, Letterkenny, Tralee and Killarney, during 2011/12. Black Smoke (BS) and particulate matter (PM) PM2.5 and PM10 were monitored. The BS monitoring was conducted for at least one full year at each location, while the PM monitoring was undertaken for 6 months at each site, encompassing 3 months of the 'heating season' and 3 months of the 'non-heating' season. In the cases of Letterkenny and Tralee, they both breach the WHO limit values for PM2.5 and approach the current EU limit values for PM2.5, with Letterkenny also in breach of the EU limit values for PAHs.
The statistical analysis of the data shows that the B(a)P (PAHs) is most strongly associated with the Black Smoke measurements (BS) which suggests that coal and diesel use are the major sources of the B(a)P.
This study has highlighted the knowledge gap that exists as a consequence of the lack of routine air quality monitoring in some of the smaller towns in Ireland.
This lack of routine monitoring potentially puts these populations at risk of increased pollution exposure.
A noticeable fact is that the particulate pollution levels as measured in some of these smaller Irish towns are significantly higher than in the large urban centres.

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Prof. Patrick Goodman
Dublin Institute of Technology
Environmental Scientist
School of Physics, Kevin Street, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street Dublin 8, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 4024782
e-mail: pat.goodman@dit.ie

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Att 1    Assessing_the_impacts_of_domestic_solid_fuel_use_on_ambient_air_quality_in_Ireland_-_MPhil.pdf   (7.21 Mb)
Att 2    Table_of_Contents_-_MPhil_thesis_Michelle_McNally_2015_.pdf   (0.25 Mb)
Att 3    VALID_PM10_&_2.5_2011-2012_and_75_trends.xlsx   (0.12 Mb)
Att 4    PAH_data_01082013_-_final.xlsx   (0.77 Mb)
Att 5    DATA_RELEASE_BS_2012.xlsx   (0.56 Mb)
Att 6    DATA_RELEASE_2_BS_2012.xlsx   (0.56 Mb)

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Author(s)Goodman, P.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationEvaluation of the effect of domestic solid fuel burning on ambient air quality in Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=5d3b86c4-7d5f-11e5-ab63-005056ae0019
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-09-26

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3081
Resource KeywordsBlack Smoke, PM10, PM2.5, PAHs, B(a)P, Coal, diesel, natural gas
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2010-AQ-MS-1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeAir Quality
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 6
Project Start Date Saturday 1st January 2011 (01-01-2011)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 1st January 2011 (01-01-2011)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 27th February 2013 (27-02-2013)
Published on SAFERWednesday 28th October 2015 (28-10-2015)
Date of Last EditWednesday 28th October 2015 at 10:47:17 (28-10-2015)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 10:47:17 (28-10-2015)

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Measurements of particulate pollution were undertaken at 4 monitoring locations, Navan, Letterkenny, Tralee and Killarney, during 2011/12. Black Smoke (BS) and particulate matter (PM) PM2.5 and PM10 were monitored. The BS monitoring was conducted for at least one full year at each location, while the PM monitoring was undertaken for 6 months at each site, encompassing 3 months of the 'heating season' and 3 months of the 'non-heating' season.

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This project arose from a call from the EPA, where a lack of information on air quality in smaller towns in Ireland had been identified. This project was developled in part to fill some of this knowledge gap.
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This work has made a number of key recommendations in relation to air quality and monitoring in Ireland.
Research publications are being developed on foot of the work undertaken in the project.
The authors would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all those who assisted with this work, in particular colleagues in the Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit in Particular, Patrick Douglas, Derval Coyne and Gerry Osborne.
Also, Damian Drumm, Executive Manager, Dublin City Council and Seamus Lyons, Assistant City Manager, Dublin City Council and Gavin Maguire, Assistant National Director, HSE.
In particular we wish to acknowledge assistance of the Health Services Executive Environmental Health Offices based in the four project monitoring locations, in particular Barry O?Callaghan in Letterkenny, Fidelma McCole in Navan, Brendan Dunne and Donal Daly in Tralee and Killarney, because without their onsite help this project would not have been possible.
Finally we would like to thank Andy Maguire in DIT who ironed out all the administrative problems.

Other Co-authors
Martin Fitzpatrick, Air and Noise Pollution unit, Dublin city Council.

Dr Barry Foley, DIT, Kevin St Dublin 8

Ms Michelle McNally, Air and Noise Pollution unit, Dublin city Council
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