Air Issues on the North Slope of Alaska—An Overview of the Problems and the Solutions (
by Jim A. Ives, ARCO Alaska Inc, Anchorage, AK, USA,
G. Scott Ronzio, ARCO Alaska Inc, Anchorage, AK, USA,
Abstract: Energy resources development on the Central Alaskan arctic coastal zone has introduced large scale fuel burning equipment to the area, resulting in the emission of air pollutants. The extremes imposed by the harsh and isolated arctic environment has resulted in facility design and operations unique to standard oil and gas practices elsewhere. This uniqueness in turn has raised questions ranging from the adequacy of current tools for evaluating ambient air impacts to applicability of certain mitigation measures for controlling air pollution. The paper referred to in this article provides an overview of the activities of the oil industry on the Alaskan North Slope to determine the existing air quality, to predict the impact of their operations, to acquire reasonable permits for existing and future facilities and to provide adequate emission controls.
Subject Headings: Slopes | Air quality | Emissions | Permits | Coastal environment | Existing buildings | Industrial facilities | Arctic | North America | Alaska | United States
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