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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: AIR QUALITY ISSUES RELATED TO AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS AND PROCESSES Project Number: 6208-66000-001-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Jan 25, 2005
End Date: Jan 23, 2010

Objective:
Cotton production operations and cotton ginning facilities are facing increasingly stringent air quality regulations. Objectives of this project pertain to addressing current particulate matter regulations and preparing for future regulations facing cotton production and processing entities. These objectives include the development of more accurate methods of determining emissions, developing economically feasible options for reducing emissions, and establishing reliable estimates of current emissions and expected reductions associated with implementing alternative or additionally abatement devices or best management practices.

Approach:
The current methods of determining particulate matter emissions from agricultural type operations will be evaluated and alternative methods and procedures for determining agricultural particulate matter emissions will be developed based on sound science to reduce the errors associated the current methods. Projects will be initiated to determine particulate matter emissions, pertaining to current federal and state regulatory agencies' guidelines, that can be expected from various cotton related field and processing operations. These projects will provide estimated emission reductions when alternative or additional abatement devices or best management practices are implemented. New and innovative emission control methods will be explored in terms of effectiveness, functionality, and economic feasibility.

Last Modified: 10/24/2014
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