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Main Title Study of Microbial Aerosols Emitted from a Water Reclamation Plant.
Author Fannin, Kerby F. ; Vana, S. C. ;
CORP Author Institute of Gas Technology, Chicago, IL. ;IIT Research Inst., Chicago, IL.;Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Year Published 1983
Report Number EPA-R-806062; EPA-600/1-83-013;
Stock Number PB83-234906
Additional Subjects Aerosols ; Microorganisms ; Sewage treatment ; Air pollution ; Exposure ; Public health ; Illinois ; Sites ; Sampling ; Aerobic bateria ; Coliform bacteria ; Coliphage ; Viruses ; Wind direction ; Aeration ; Wind velocity ; Temperature ; Humidity ; Tables(Data) ; Activated sludge treatment ; O'Hare Water Reclamation Plant ; Air pollution sampling ; Des Plaines(Illinois) ; Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago System
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB83-234906 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 133p
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the occurrence of selected microorganisms in the air in the vicinity of the O'Hare Water Reclamation Plant (OWRP), Des Plaines, Illinois. The contribution of the OWRP to ambient microbial aerosols was determined by comparing baseline, or preoperational, observations during fall and spring/summer months to those made after operation was initiated. Three sampling sites were positioned <150 m, 150 to 250 m, and >250 m downwind, while one location was upwind of the center of the two-stage activated sludge aeration tanks. Under the operating conditions present during this study, however, the probability of community exposure to bacterial aerosols, above that experienced before plant operations, is not significantly increased by the plant. Aerosols containing coliphages are, however, higher at or near the plant perimeter.