NEW YORK CITY’S AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM ANOTHER LOOK – SUMMARY REPORT
|Publication Date:||1 May 1967|
The American Petroleum Institute has been sponsoring a large number of investigations on many aspects of the air pollution problems in this country. The goal is to eliminate or control harmful pollutants by practical methods producing the most benefits within reasonable economic limits. One such method of interest' is based on a warning that sulfur dioxide and smoke particles are anticipated to exceed certain values for an extended period whereupon a switch in the fuels being burned or other corrective actions would go into effect.
As part of this program of the American Petroleum Institute, Jackson & Moreland Division has made a study of the pollutant concentrations and how they are affected by the type of sources and the weather conditions in the Metropolitan New York area. This area has been used as a model since it is one of the most densely-populated areas and one of the most complex air sheds in the nation. The experience and analysis based on this area are also expected, hopefully, to be applicable to other areas in the country.
During the course of the study, Jackson & Moreland engineers have collected and evaluated data on fuel usage, refuse disposal, air quality, meteorological factors, etc. This effort has involved interviews with industrial executives, city officials, air pollution control and research people, fuel suppliers and dealers, apartment house superintendents, and meteorologists. Dr. Leonard Greenburg, former New York City Commissioner of Air Pollution Control and Dr. J. Austin, Associate Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have served as private consultants and contributed substantially to the investigation.