Air Emissions and Animal Agriculture

VOCs and Particulate Matter

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing compounds that participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions. Some of these reactions may lead to detrimental conditions such as destruction of the ozone layer. In addition, VOCs are often odorous so they are part of the suite of odorants that make up a farm’s odor.

Particulate Matter, or dust particles, can be a nuisance as well as have health impacts. Large particles (PM10) in arid regions of the country can cause ‘dust outs’ near feedlots. Small particulates (PM2.5) contribute to localized regional haze events as well. Small particles can also be inhaled and become respiratory irritants, even exerting a carcinogenic effect.


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Particulate Matter

Last Updated 09/13/2011