New research: ‘Assessment of Inhalable Particulate Matter Associated with a Refinery in Curaçao’

New research has been published concerning the biggest environmental disaster of the Dutch Kingdom: the Isla refinery. Pulster et al. (Mote Marine Laboratory and University of South Florida) conducted a study to the impact of particulate matter on public health, which has been published in the Journal of Environmental Protection. Their article can be downloaded here. Here below you can read the abstract:


Inhalation and atmospheric pollution studies have focused on particulate matter due to correlations and associations with various morbidities and mortalities. This research analyzed ambient concentrations of inhalable particulate matter (PM10) on the island of Curaçao in order to evaluate through comparative literature analysis and recommended public health guidelines the potential health risks. Available hourly, daily and monthly PM10 measurements were accessed from June 2010 through December 2014 from a local air monitoring station in Willemstad. Mean annual concentrations of PM10 (31 – 122 μg/m3) in Curaçao are among the highest reported globally, demonstrating an increasing trend over time and exceed current public health guidelines recommended by local and international agencies. While the epidemiological evidence is inadequate to infer a causal association between health effects and long-term exposures of the measured PM10 concentrations, the results indicate that emissions controls are not adequate for compliance with international exposure standards.

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