Cornwall Air Quality Forum

Concern over the health risks associated with resuspended arsenic contaminated mine spoil prompted this joint Environment Agency and European Social Fund financed investigation to identify baseline concentrations of arsenic in ambient air.

In 2005 and 2006 nine sites within 250 km2 of west Cornwall were monitored for inhalable particulate matter (PM10) across a range of mining activity. Although monitored arsenic concentrations were within the UK Air Quality Standards Regulations 2007 (6 ng m-3), analysis revealed a strong geographical correlation between airborne arsenic and arsenic refinery sites.

Parsons, B. and Salter, L.F. (2003) Air quality effects of traffic in a canyon-like street (Falmouth, UK). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 82(1), 63 – 73.

Parsons, B., Salter, L., Coe, T., Mathias, R., Richards, R. J. and Jones, T. P. (2003) Airborne Particulate Matter (PM10) in the China Clay Area, Cornwall, UK. Mineralogical Magazine. 67(2), 161 – 169.

Salter, L.F. and Parsons, B. (2002) The Effect of Distant Sources of Ozone and PM10 on Boundary Layer Air Quality in Cornwall – a rural area in the UK. Global Atmospheric Change and its Impact on Regional Air Quality. NATO Science Series. Kluwer, Netherlands. 273 – 278.

Curnow, A., Parsons, B., Salter, L., Morley, N. and Gould, D. (2001) An Investigation of the Genotoxic Effects of Airborne Particulate Matter Using Single-Cell Gel Electrophoresis. Indoor and Built Environment. 10, 258 – 260.

Parsons, B. and Salter, L. (2000) Studying air-quality with data from the Internet. School Science Review. 82, 98 – 102.

Salter, L.F. and Parsons, B. (1999) Field Trials of the TEOM and Partisol for PM10 Monitoring in the St Austell China Clay Area, Cornwall, UK. Atmospheric Environment. 33(13), 2111-2114.

Parsons, B., Salter, L.F. and Fisher, F. (1999) Ozone and PM10 Monitoring in Cornwall, UK. Clean Air and Environmental Protection. 29, 107-110.

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