WIT Press

Uncertainty About Components Of PM10 And Their Toxicities And Its Effect On Estimation Of Health Damage

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR990451

Volume

37

Pages

8

Published

1999

Size

730 kb

Author(s)

A. Rabl

Abstract

To guide public policy on regulation of emissions, it is desirable to know how much damage is caused by each source of pollution and by each pollutant. Concentration-response (C-R) functions, established by epidemiological studies, play a crucial role in the estimation of the damage per kg of emitted pollutant. Of particular importance are those based on particulate matter (PM2.5 and PMio). Unfortunately there is considerable uncertainty in the application of the C-R functions for particulate matter, due to a lack of detailed information about the relative toxicity of the different components of PM in ambient air. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the effect of this uncertainty on the estimation of health damage. As starting point we assume linearity of incremental health impact wit

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