Published On: Fri, Dec 7th, 2012

Smoc: Hefty emission fine dust

WILLEMSTAD – Versgeperst reports that Clean Environment Foundation in Curaçao (Smoc) is monitoring the Isla Refinery. “Last week the emission of particulate matter was particularly high at times,” according to the foundation after they did some tests. Particulate matter consists of particles suspended in the air that are hazardous to health.

Several reports in possession of Smoc states that the Isla regularly exceeds the standard for emissions of sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. "Then there are many substances that are not measured well but causes headaches, nausea, irritation of the skin and eyes, lung disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and at worst cause cancer," says the foundation. Particulate matter contributes to the development of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, acute and chronic bronchitis, and asthma.

Image: Measurements from last week

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