What resources can provide further information?

Air Quality

  • The Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies is a non-profit organization that operates under the Larson Transportation Institute at Penn State University. The organization has several research, education, and outreach programs related to environmentally sensitive maintenance of unpaved roads and trails. Their mission is to create more environmentally friendly maintenance techniques and implement them in Pennsylvania. Their website provides:
  • Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, NIOSH, and IMA-NA, “Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing (January 2012). This handbook was produced for industrial minerals producers to provide guidance on use of state-of-the-art dust control techniques for all stages of mineral processing, in effort to eliminate or reduce hazardous dust exposures and create safer, healthier conditions for mine workers.
  • National Industrial Sand Association (NISA), “Occupational Health Program for Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the Industrial Sand Industry” (2011). NISA offers guidelines for industry to monitor and manage workers’ exposure to silica dust, which can occur during sand mining operations, during transport, and at the well pad.
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP), “Air.” SWPA-EHP, a nonprofit environmental health organization that provides assistance to local residents concerned about the health impacts of shale gas development, offers information and resources to residents for home air monitoring.
  • U.S. EPA, “Natural Gas STAR Program,” last updated October 23, 2014. The Natural Gas STAR Program is a voluntary program for oil and gas companies that aims to help companies employ new techniques to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. Through the Natural Gas STAR program, industry participants share information on cost-effective emission reduction technologies and practices. There is also a “Recommended Technologies and Practices“ page (last updated May 30, 2014).