Air Quality

71) Are federal air-quality standards exceeded in your area? If so, which ones?
       Yes.  PM-10 and ozone are exceeded in the Chico area.

72) How often?
These standards are exceeded several times a year depending on weather conditions and local events such as wildfires. 

73) What stationary sources on campus emit toxic air pollutants?
Diesel exhaust is now listed in California as a toxic air pollutant and the campus has several diesel-fired generators.

74) How much air pollution does your campus generate annually?
This figure has not been calculated because all of the campus sources are very small and do not trigger permitting requirements.

75) What are the most common pollutants?
        Stationary sources: HC, CO, NOx
        Mobile sources: HC, CO, PM-10, NOx

76) Has your campus initiated programs to reduce air pollutants form stationary sources?
The campus has initiated a program to reduce TSP from construction activities and to capture Freon from refrigeration equipment.  The campus also has a policy to purchase electric cars instead of gas and diesel fueled vehicles to reduce mobile source pollution. 

77) What kinds of ozone-depleting compounds are used on campus and what are the sources?
The campus generates hydrocarbons from painting operations and Freon from refrigeration equipment. 

78) Are any programs in place to recapture ozone-depleting compounds or find safer alternatives? 
       Yes, all Freon on campus is captured. 
 

 

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