The Heartland Institute (https://www.heartland.org) recently published a policy study of air quality and industrial sand (frac sand) mining. Authored by Isaac Orr and Mark Krumenacher, the study is the sixth and final entry in a series of six studies published by The Heartland Institute addressing industrial sand mining.
Part 1 of the study offers an introduction to particulate matter and its health implications. Part 2 presents the findings of several air monitoring studies conducting in recent years. These studies used equipment and sampling methodologies approved by EPA and NIOSH. Part 3 explains the limitations of less scientifically legitimate reports that attempt to quantify concentrations of particulate matter in areas near industrial sand operations. While Part 2 presents studies that have concluded industrial sand mining does not generate significant quantities of respirable crystalline silica dust, Part 4 examines why that may be the case. Part 5 offers concluding remarks.
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