Ambient Air Quality Measurement Around Confined Feeding Operations in Alberta
Authors: Edeogu, I., A. Atia
Description: Concerns associated with growth, economic and environmental risks and sustainability, social license to operate, market access, climate change, among several others, including food safety, are increasingly faced by the agricultural crop and livestock sectors in Alberta today. In 2005, the confined feeding operation (CFO) industry - beef cattle (feedlot), dairy cattle, poultry, swine and sheep - in the province embarked on a project to develop a strategic plan that would assist the industry with managing air emissions from CFOs in the province. The strategic plan was completed in 2008 and one of its many recommendations was to monitor ambient concentrations of ammonia, hydrogen sulphide particulate matter and volatile organic compounds around CFOs. The study was embarked upon in 2008. A multi-stakeholder advisory group comprised on industry, non-government and government organizations completed an air quality measurement plan with implementation commencing in 2009. The plan outlined established or proposed provincial ambient air quality limits (objectives) for the four emissions of interest, CFO livestock categories of interest, site selection criteria and eligibility, spatial allocation of monitoring sites, temporal criteria, schedule of activity, monitoring methodologies and equipment, QA/QC, data quality objectives, data acquisition and transfer, data analysis and archiving, data reporting, resource requirements, and risk management. This paper outlines the results of the measurement study, including its scope, study description and methodologies employed not only in collecting the data, but also in analyzing the data. The implications associated with the study results are also discussed.
Keywords: ambient air quality, CFOs, NH3, H2S, PM, VOCs, regulations, policy
Technical field: Building Systems Engineering
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, 5-8 July 2015.
Session name: Ambient Air Quality - Agricultural Applications
Citation: Edeogu, I., A. Atia. 2015. Ambient Air Quality Measurement Around Confined Feeding Operations in Alberta. CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, 5-8 July 2015.
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering