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Advanced Sampling and Data Analysis for Source Attribution of Ambient Particulate Arsenic and Other Air Toxics Metals in St. Louis Missouri Department.

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1 Advanced Sampling and Data Analysis for Source Attribution of Ambient Particulate Arsenic and Other Air Toxics Metals in St. Louis Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Air Pollution Control Program and Environmental Services Program Washington University, St. Louis U. S. EPA

2 Introduction ● The St. Louis Community Air Project (CAP) and the Blair St. National Air Toxics Trends Station (NATTS) have collected ambient air quality data that showed elevated concentrations of arsenic (among other hazardous air pollutants) were present in the ambient air in St. Louis. Accompanying these elevated ambient arsenic concentrations was an excess risk of cancer due to a lifetime inhalation exposure to ambient arsenic. ● This Community-Scale Air Toxics Monitoring Project will attempt to identify and locate possible sources of arsenic emissions in the greater St. Louis area. ● The first task of this project was to analyze quality- assured ambient arsenic data and an arsenic emissions inventory for the greater St. Louis area.

3 Summary of CAP and NATTS Monitoring Results  CAP: average arsenic concentration ~ MDL ~ 1/100,000 cancer benchmark = ug/m3  Blair St. and Arnold PM2.5 STN arsenic average about ug/m3, Bonne Terre about ug/m3  NATTS: average arsenic concentrations ~ to ug/m3 at Blair St.; MDL ~ ug/m3 = 0.02 ng/m3

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5 Excess Cancer Risk Characterization for Arsenic (PM 10 and PM 2.5 ) Based on Blair St. Ambient Monitoring Data Size Category Year Annual Arithmetic Mean (μg/m 3 ) Risk-Based Concentration (Risk = 1E-06, 70-Year) (μg/m 3 ) Excess Cancer Risk (1E-06) PM 10 (NATTS, analyzed by ICPMS) E E E E-046 PM 2.5 (STN, analyzed by XRF) E E E E-048

6 Arsenic Emission Inventory for the Greater St. Louis Area ● Staff received the 2002 National Emissions Inventory (NEI) stack-level emissions data for sources of arsenic compounds (inorganic, including arsine) for the seven surrounding counties and St. Louis City from U.S. EPA Region 7 staff. Staff obtained the 1999 NEI from the 1999 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment. ● Staff queried the 1999 and 2002 NEI to identify and locate tentative sources of arsenic emissions in St. Louis City and, ● Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis Counties, MO ● Madison, Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties, IL.

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9 1st Quarter nd Quarter rd Quarter th Quarter Quarterly Wind Directions, St. Louis

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11 Conditional probability function (CPF) plots for PM 2.5 arsenic at the St. Louis – Midwest Supersite and PM 10 arsenic at the Blair St. NATTS site. CPF plots constructed using top 25% of 24-hour integrated arsenic and hourly-average winds measured at East St. Louis. STL-SS and Blair data for the periods 6/01-5/03 and 7/02-12/06, respectively.

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14 Considerations ● Ambient monitoring at the Blair St. NATTS reveal that the ambient PM 10 and PM 2.5 arsenic concentrations dropped in St. Louis City between 2004 and the first half of Future measurement and data analysis will determine whether this trend will continue for the long term. ● Despite this downward trend, these ambient PM 10 and PM 2.5 arsenic concentrations are still associated with a cancer risk greater than 1− in −1,000,000 based on a 70-year exposure.

15 Considerations ● According to the 1999 and 2002 NEIs, the majority of the point sources of arsenic compounds and associated facilities were located on the eastern side of the Mississippi River in the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair. ● The largest amount of arsenic compounds released to the ambient air, however, occurred on the western side of the Mississippi River in the Missouri counties of Jefferson and St. Charles.

16 Project Goals ● This community-scale air toxics monitoring project may help to identify the general area where sources of arsenic compounds are located, if not the sources themselves, the climatology involved, and other aspects of the ambient data. ● This project may also provide information on whether the existing emission inventories are providing adequate information on the magnitude of these emissions. ● The project will also provide results for other toxic metals, including lead, which may be of interest in determining whether urban concentrations are near levels of concern, and where source areas may be.

17 Project Plan Phase I. Spatially and Temporally Enhanced 24- hour Integrated Measurements: 1-in-3 day PM10 sampling and metals analysis at 4 sites in the St. Louis area for 1 year (MDL~ ng/m3, 24-hr samples) Phase II. High Time Resolution Measurements: Time-resolved near-real-time analysis at six sites in the St. Louis area for 1 month at each site (MDL<0.1 ng/m3, possibly as low as 0.01 ng/m3, 4-hr samples) Data Analysis and Reporting: source apportionment, source identification, model comparisons – MDNR and Washington University

18 Project Timeline

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20 Blair Street Hall Street

21 Washington University Arnold West

22 Cooper Environmental Services Xact 620 Ambient Air Toxic Metals Monitor PM size-selective inlet Temperature controlled 19 inch rack Heater Sampling & Analysis Module Operator interface/control panel Flow control module This and the following slide provided by John Cooper, Cooper Environmental Services

23 XACT SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS X-Ray Tube Filter Tape Aerosol Deposit Chemistry Zone Sample Flow Analysis Area Filter Tape Previous sample is analyzed while current sample is collected

24 Phase I Analytes Arsenic Cadmium Chromium Lead Manganese Nickel Potential Xact Analytes Measured by XRF

25 Potential Phase II Locations Blair Street Arnold West? Chain of Rocks?? Illinois??? Others?

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