Oct 25, 2007

Precipitation in Northeast, Midwest Contains Nitrate from Distant Industrial Facilities

Read the full story in Water & Wastewater News.

Rain and snow in rural areas of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States contain nitrate that has been traced to power plants and other industrial facilities hundreds of miles away, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.

Although vehicles are the single largest emission source of nitrogen oxides in the Northeast and Midwest, distant stationary sources may have a greater impact on nitrate found in rain and snow, USGS officials stated. Link from Laura B.(www.lib.wmrc.uiuc.edu)