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Emissions of Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds (NM-VOCs

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:40 pm
by fwiggins
Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NM-VOCs) are a group of solvent-like organic compounds that easily evaporate at normal temperatures. They are produced mainly in fuel combustion and in processes that use solvents or solvent-based products such as painting, metal degreasing etc. Several of these chemicals are harmful to human health if inhaled, ingested, drunk or get in contact with skin. NM-VOCs are significant precursors to ground level ozone formation. NM-VOCs are the sum of all hydrocarbon air pollutants except methane.

Non-methane volatile organic compounds emissions from anthropogenic activities are primarily comprised of total emissions from the use of fuels for energy purposes, evaporative emissions during industrial processes and non-industrial use of organic solvents.