Air Pollution and Its Impacts on U.S. National Parks by Timothy J. Sullivan

By Timothy J. Sullivan

A number of air pollution are emitted into the ambience from human-caused and ordinary emissions assets in the course of the usa and somewhere else. those contaminants influence delicate normal assets in barren region, together with the nationwide parks. The approach of nationwide parks within the usa is between our best resources. This booklet presents a compilation and synthesis of present medical figuring out concerning the reasons and results of those toxins inside nationwide park lands. It describes pollutant emissions, deposition, and exposures; it identifies the serious (tipping element) a great deal of pollutant deposition at which opposed affects are manifested.

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5 Distribution of Estimated Change from 2001 to 2011 in Total Ammonium Deposition across Inventory and Monitoring Parks in Each of the Park Networks in the Conterminous United States, Derived by the Total Deposition Project ........................................................................................... 6 Distribution of Estimated Change from 2001 to 2011 in Total Inorganic Nitrogen Deposition across Inventory and Monitoring Parks in Each of the Park Networks in the Conterminous United States, Derived by the Total Deposition Project ...........................................................................................

A variety of air pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere from human-caused and natural emissions sources throughout the United States and elsewhere. These materials are transported with prevailing winds and impact sensitive natural resources in wilderness and other natural areas, including national parks. The system of national parks in the United States is among our greatest assets. Our parks attract tens of millions of visitors each year from this country and throughout the world. One important goal of the National Park Service, which manages these precious lands and resources, is to protect the highly valued ecological and cultural resources in the parks and ensure that air-quality-related values and ecosystem services are preserved for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

2000, 2010), the Federal Land Managers have made progress toward specifying the levels of air pollution that trigger concerns for air quality values and impacts in federally mandated Class I areas, as required by the Clean Air Act. Nevertheless, difficulties arise in assessing the impacts of multiple sources simultaneously, whereby a large number of minor pollution sources can collectively contribute to an unacceptable cumulative impact, or when a new potential emissions source applies for an emissions permit in an area that already has a high level of air pollution from existing emissions sources.

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