The Development of Seasonal Baseline Emission Factors for Aerial Pollutants Produced by a Commercial Layer Facility

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Title: The Development of Seasonal Baseline Emission Factors for Aerial Pollutants Produced by a Commercial Layer Facility
Author: Morgan, Robert
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Van Heyst, William
Abstract: From a human health perspective, pollutants emitted from agricultural facilities are a growing concern. Quantification of these aerial pollutants is difficult due to variable climatic conditions, the number of animal species used in commercial operations and the wide range of management conditions used for each species. A project was initiated to quantify the emissions of ammonia and particulate matter over a period of one year from a commercial poultry layer facility in Ontario. An on-site mobile trailer was used to monitor in-house concentrations of ammonia and size fractioned particulate matter via a heated sample line. Along with a developed ventilation profile, emissions rates were produced for the facility. Average emissions of 19.53 ± 19.97, 2.57 ± 2.17, and 1.10 ± 1.52 g/day/AU for ammonia, PM10, and PM2.5, respectively, was observed from the layer facility. Emissions peaked during the winter months except for PM2.5 which had increased emissions in the summer.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3637
Date: 2012-05-14


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