Fine-tuning particulate matter research


  • Randy Showstack


Determining the most hazardous chemical components and other characteristics of aerosol particulate matter should be a focus of research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a 24 March report by the National Research Council.

The NRC Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter found that research specifically should focus on the impacts of particulate matter—such as dust, smoke, and soot—when it is mixed in a real-life “soup” with other airborne contaminants.