Community woodstove changeout and impact on ambient concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and phenolics

Tony J. Ward, Christopher P. Palmer, James E. Houck, William C. Navidi, Steve Geinitz, Curtis W. Noonan

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Abstract

A large woodstove changeout program was carried out in Libby, Montana, with the goal of reducing ambient levels of PM2.5. This provided researchers the opportunity to measure ambient concentrations of phenolic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) before, during, and after the changeout of nearly 1200 stoves to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. Starting in the heating season of 2004/2005 and ending in the heating season of 2007/2008, 19 compounds were measured every three days using a high-volume polyurethane foam (PUF) sampler followed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis. Some of the organic species with the highest measured concentrations were also signature chemical markers for wood combustion. When comparing the measurements conducted during the heating season of 2004/ 2005 (prechangeout) to those of the heating season of 2007/ 2008 (postchangeout), there was a 64% average reduction in the measured concentrations of phenolics and PAHs, while the PM 2.5 mass dropped by only 20% over the same time period. The results of this four year sampling program suggest that the Libby woodstove changeout program was successful in reducing overall concentrations of the measured phenolic and PAH compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5345-5350
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume43
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2009

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