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Main Title Source assessment : defoliation of cotton, state of the art /
Author Peters, J. S., ; Peters, J. A. ; Blackwood., T. R.
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Blackwood, T. R.,
CORP Author Monsanto Research Corp., Dayton, Ohio.;Industrial Environmental Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Office of Energy, Minerals, and Industry, Industrial Environmental Research Laboratory ; For sale by the National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1977
Report Number EPA-600/2-77-107g; MRC-DA-708; EPA-68-02-1874; EPA-ROAP-21AXM-071
Stock Number PB-272 621
OCLC Number 03991738
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Cotton ; Defoliation ; cotton (fiber)
Additional Subjects Assessments ; Cotton plants ; Defoliants ; Air pollution control ; Herbicides ; Desiccants ; Sources ; Sodium inorganic compounds ; Chlorates ; Arsenic acid ; Concentration(Composition) ; Sulfur organic compounds ; Nitrogen heterocyclic compounds ; Technology ; Forecasting ; Aerosols ; Hazardous materials ; Phosphorus organic compounds ; Reviews ; Folex ; DEF-6 ; Paraquat herbicide ; Sodium chlorate ; Emission factors ; Fugitive emissions ; Phosphorotrithious acid/s-s-s-(tributyl-ester) ; Phosphorotrithioic acid/s-s-s-(tributyl-ester) ; Bipyridinium/dimethyl ; Environmental chemical substitutes
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EKBD  EPA-600/2-77-107g Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 07/04/2003
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-2-77-107g Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ESAD  EPA 600-2-77-107G Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB-272 621 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation xii, 122 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
The report describes a study of air pollutants emitted during the defoliation or desiccation of cotton prior to harvest. (Defoliation is the process by which leaves are abscissed from the plant by the action of topically applied chemical agents. Desiccation by chemicals is the drying or rapid killing of the leaf blades and petioles with the leaves remaining in a withered state on the plant.) Emissions of defoliants were DEF, Folex, and sodium chlorate. Emissions of desiccants were arsenic acid and paraquat. Source severity for emissions from a representative source were 0.69 + or -0.32 for arsenic acid, 0.30 for paraquat, 0.44 for sodium chlorate, and 0.67 for DEF. (Source severity is a measure of the hazard potential of a representative emission source; for this source type, it was defined as the ratio of the time-averaged ground level concentration of the species emitted at the downwind perimeter of a representative field undergoing spraying for defoliation or desiccation, to a time-adjusted exposure factor related to TLV.) Existing control technology for aerial application of pesticides includes the use of fluid additives and nozzle design/orientation to reduce chemical drift. Future control technology considerations include the use of foam spray systems, multiple needle nozzle systems, and the replacement of chemical defoliation with thermal defoliation.
"July 1977." Prepared under contract no. 68-02-1874, ROAP no. 21AXM-071, program element no. 1ABO15. "EPA Task Officer: David K. Oestreich." Includes bibliographical references.