Dangers of Small Particulate Matter

According to the EPA:

The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream.

Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:
  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • nonfatal heart attacks
  • irregular heartbeat
  • aggravated asthma
  • decreased lung function
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

People with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.


This is the emissions summary from Vulcan’s permit application.  This plant will be releasing PM10 and even more dangerous PM2.5

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Read Vulcan’s own Safety Data Sheet for Ready Mix concrete facilities.