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Energy Emissions and Pollutants

1. The wind blows across State A and into State B in the United States. State A has fossil fuel -burning power plants, but relatively low level air pollution. State B has power plants run by hydroelectric plants, but higher level of pollution. You are an environmental consultant. You and your firm were hired to study and resolve the problem. Describe what's happening and why.What could the two States do to correct the situation?

2. a) In 2001, Why did USEPA began the process of developing limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
b) Emissions of mercury to the atmosphere are relatively small. Why are these emissions increasingly becoming an environmental concern?

3. a) Identify the sources of primary and secondary pollutants and describe their significance in the context of air pollution control.
b) Describe sources of natural air pollution and their air quality significance.

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1. Wind is capable of carrying pollutants from State A, where the pollutant is generated, to State B, who is acting responsible and sustainable. Before accusations are made, the connection between the pollutant in State A and the pollutant in State B must be identified and clearly communicated. Two options can be explored. The first is for State A to pay State B. The second is for State A to agree to reduce their emissions to a level acceptable to State B. This will involve legal resources to insure all environmental issues are addressed.

2.a. Mercury pollutants are extremely dangerous to humans neurological system, the reduction of mercury pollution will have benefits to human health.

b. Mercury is classified as a heavy metal. Heavy metals are extremely toxic and soluble in water. This makes it able to be readily absorbed into the body. Even a small amount can have severe physiological or neurological health issues.

3.a. There are two different types of pollutants primary and secondary. Primary has eight different types of pollutants which are suspended particulate matter, Volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, lead, and air toxics and, radon. Then, there are two secondary pollutants. They are ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrates.

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Solution Summary

Energy emissions and pollutants are examined. The emissions of mercury to the atmosphere which are relatively small are given.

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