Study finds 'excess emissions' make significant contribution to air pollution
from Indiana University
When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August, industrial facilities in the state shut down, then reopened a few days later. In doing so, they produced nearly 2,000 tons of "excess emissions" — air pollutants in addition to what was allowed as part of their normal operation. A study by Indiana University researchers shows that excess emissions — which occur with plant shut-downs, start-ups and malfunctions, and not just in connection with natural disasters — can make serious contributions to overall air pollution.
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