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Main Title Assessment of Acetylene as a Potential Air Pollution Problem. Volume I.
Author Patterson, Robert M. ; Bornstein, Mark I. ; Garshick., Eric ;
CORP Author GCA Corp., Bedford, Mass. GCA Technology Div.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Year Published 1976
Report Number GCA-TR-75-32-G(1); EPA-68-02-1337;
Stock Number PB-258 353
Additional Subjects Acetylene ; Air pollution ; Chemical properties ; Public health ; Industrial wastes ; Chemical industry ; Combustion products ; Assessments ; Air pollution control ; Toxicity ; Concentration(Composition) ; Sources ; Humans ; Plants(Botany) ; Animals ; Smog ; Scrubbers ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Air pollution effects(Animals) ; Air pollution effects(Plants) ; Air pollution effects(Materials)
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-258 353 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 21p
Pure acetylene is relatively nontoxic to man. It acts as a simple asphyxiant and produces ill effects only by reducing available oxygen. Emissions of acetylene are estimated to have been 9 million pounds in 1974. These occur only from manufacturing and end use. Although there are no specific processes mentioned in the literature for the control of acetylene emissions, absorber/scrubber systems are used in manufacturing operations for product purification. Simple diffusion model calculations place maximum expected 1-hour average ambient concentrations at about 5.5 ppm, and at about 3 ppm for 24-hour values near a plant boundary. Urban concentrations of about 80 ppb and rural values of 1 ppb have been measured. Based on the low toxicity and expected low ambient concentrations, it appears that acetylene does not pose a health or environmental hazard as an air pollutant.