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Research needs for the development of ambient air quality criteria to protect human health vegetation and materials in Australia

Murray, F., Miles, G. and Bentley, K. (1989) Research needs for the development of ambient air quality criteria to protect human health vegetation and materials in Australia. In: Jakeman, A.J., (ed.) Air pollutants from energy industries : scientific basis of standards and research needs. Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, pp. 138-144.

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Abstract

A consideration of research needs for the development of ambient air criteria for energy-based pollutants assumes a requirement for ambient air quality criteria. These may be defined as the observed effects or responses of one or more air pollutants on a specified receptor under any given conditions.

Air quality criteria may be used solely as reference materials, but they are usually combined with political, social and economic considerations as the basis for the establishment of standards or guidelines. The development of standards or guidelines is normally considered the ultimate aim of a program devoted to the development of ambient air quality criteria. If energy-based industries met appropriate emission rates and emissions were released under adequate atmospheric dispersion conditions from stacks which met good engineering standards, would it be necessary to have ambient air quality standards or guidelines for energy-based pollutants?

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University
Copyright: © Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18745
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