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Air emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby refinery: human health impact assessment Kennedy, Susan M.; Copes, Ray; Henderson, Sarah; Na, Sonia; MacKay, Colin 2002

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Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Appendix F  Peer reviewers’ comments and our responses  Date: 6 July 2002  A preliminary version of this report was reviewed by two external peer reviewers in May 2002. The reviewers were Dr. John Shortreed, Director, Institute for Risk Research, University of Waterloo and Dr. Steve Hrudey, Acting Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Professor and Director, Environmental Health Sciences Program. We acknowledge the valuable contribution of these reviewers. We reiterate that all statements, findings, and opinions in this report are solely those of the report authors. The peer reviewers’ comments and our responses (in bold italics) are included below.  A Review of  Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery By John Shortreed, PhD, PEng.(ON), Director, Institute for Risk Research, University of Waterloo May 16, 2002  Introduction The study report is an assessment of the health impacts of the North Burnaby Chevron Refinery based on existing air monitoring data and was specifically designed as a “risk communication” document for all stakeholders, particularly the residents of the community. This reviewer has limited expertise in the areas of toxicology and epidemiology, which are central scientific disciplines in health risk assessment. However, the reviewer has considerable expertise in risk assessment and risk communications. On balance, having read the report and considering the objective of the report, the reviewer felt comfortable in reviewing the document.  Assessment of the Report and Its Findings The report is comprehensive, well documented, thorough, and can be taken as a reasonable and accurate assessment of the health risks to residents of the area, given the limitations of working with existing ambient air quality data. The authors are to be congratulated on their work and in particular the informative structure of the report, with clear separation between descriptions of exposure to air pollutants, health impacts, and risk assessment. This reviewer found the following to be innovative and well done: • Explanation of possible health effects using detailed descriptions of medical conditions and also specifics from the literature. This makes for a good understanding of the risks involved. Sufficient information was provided so most people could form their own opinions. • Separation of pollutants into those with very low risks (usually not of concern) and those with risks of possible concern. This allowed for a focus on the risks of concern. A similar approach was used for focusing on peaking of exposure. • Development of health exposure standards when there were none available. With the detail information from the literature provided in the report it made interpretation of the significance of the risks possible. • A report written for stakeholders rather than the regulator.  One “bottom line” interpretation of the findings of the report are that there are likely health risks from the refinery but that these risks are small and similar to other risks in the GRVD urban area. Relative to other refinery locations in Canada, it would appear from the limited information provided by air quality monitoring data, that this refinery does not compare well with other refineries. The authors on pages 10-11 argue that there is a separation between “risk assessment” and “risk management”. The ISO risk terminology would use “risk treatment” for the term “risk management” and this review will use the term risk treatment to refer to the taking of action to reduce the risks. We have now included the phrase “risk treatment” and reference to the ISO terminology in this section. This reviewer is of the opinion that risk assessment is not done unless there is the possibility of taking some actions to reduce the risk and that risk assessment usually leads to the examination of risk treatment options to reduce the risk. This means that this risk assessment report is a part of a larger process which will consider risk treatment options. Having said this, it is noted that to do so will likely involve the collection of additional data and more studies that focus on possible risk treatments. The report would benefit, in the view of the reviewer, in an expanded discussion in section 2.1 that would more directly relate the role of the report (which is basically a scientific health risk assessment report) to the larger issue of the risk decision process in the community. We agree and have added further comment on this in section 2.1. The assessment of risks involves the evaluation of the risks that are estimated and this evaluation can only be done by the stakeholders involved. It is clear from the report that the structure of the Advisory Committee represents a cross section of the stakeholders and has ensured that the report is balanced and comprehensive. One example of the complex nature of evaluating risks can be found on pages 75-77 in the discussion of 1,3-Butadiene, a “probable human carcinogen” where the exposures exceed the recommended health standards and the report concludes “exposure to 1,3-butadiene may be associated with a small increase in cancer risk over that expected in other GVRD residential areas”. The report makes clear that the uncertainty factor is large (I.E. standards are likely conservative), there are limited confirming epidemiology studies (measures of observed health effects on people), outdoor exposures in North Burnaby are likely lower than indoor exposures, background levels often exceed standards, and the substance is related to automobile usage, a ubiquitous fact in the GVRD as evidenced by exposure levels in downtown being similar to those at the tank farm location. In the view of the reviewer, only the Advisory Committee can adequately evaluate this and other risks and the Advisor Committee are encouraged to write their own consensus summary of the meaning of the study results. This clearly is outside the terms of reference of this report.  We concur. It would be useful for the advisory committee to attempt a consensus summary of the meaning of the study results, but agree that it is outside our terms of reference. There are some communication difficulties with the draft report and these include: • The use of yellow for the results. On both the paper copy and the computer screen (appendices were provided as PDF files) this was very difficult and sometimes impossible to read. This problem has been fixed in the current version of the report. •  In earlier tables in the report (E.G. Fables 3.5 and 3.6) the monitoring stations closest to the refinery were highlighted and this was helpful in reading the tables. In later tables this was not done. Highlighting has been added to all tables where appropriate.  •  There is inconsistency in the provision of standards, odor, and other reference lines on Figures. These were found to be useful and should be included where possible. We have added more ‘comparison’ or reference information on figures where reliable information could be found.  •  Figures that plot hourly data for several years (E.G. Figure 3.9) have, to the reviewer, little information content and the authors might consider some other form of summary. It is recognized that this is a difficult task. We could not identify an alternate format for the figures. In order to provide information as clearly as possible, we included all summary information in tables as well as figures.  •  The report needs a “city” map showing the refinery, tank farm, and monitoring stations. Even local residents may find it useful to see the arrangement and relative locations. This has been added.  •  The stakeholder comments in the Appendix B could be summarized as to the frequency of concerns. For example, a number of people indicated that the wind direction had an impact on their item of concern: this suggests that some data on dominant wind directions, speed and atmospheric stability would be useful to have in the report. On page 15, for instance, odors around the refinery are most noticeable in the early hours of the morning, which is one indication of the importance of wind speed and atmospheric stability. These comments were not solicited as part of a systematic survey, but rather were volunteered by members of the community in response to our call for input. We believe they provide a valuable record of community concerns, and therefore have included a qualitative summary of the comments. However, we do not believe a quantitative summary would be appropriate. Regarding inclusion of meterologic data, this was clearly outside our terms of reference and we have made reference to this again in the “Limitations” section of the report.  Review of  Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Draft Final Report Susan M. Kennedy, Ray Copes, Sarah Henderson, Sonia Na, Colin Mackay 11 April 2002  Review prepared by:  Steve E. Hrudey Acting Chair Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Department of Public Health Sciences University of Alberta Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3  General Comments The Human Health Impact Assessment report provides a reasonable analysis of available, relevant data for the stated purpose of performing “an assessment of the potential human health impacts of current air emissions (scheduled and unscheduled) from the Chevron Burnaby refinery, tank farm, and associated facilities” (2.3. Objectives). Because there is no absolute and specific means that must be followed for performing such an assessment, it is important that the assessment be done in response to community consultation to make sure that the right questions are being addressed. Likewise, the report must be clear about how the analysis was done to ensure an accurate interpretation of the findings. Generally, these requirements have been done well and I judge the overall findings to be reasonable for the circumstances described. A number of specific comments or questions are listed below for the purposes of improving the overall understanding of the report by the various audiences you must serve. Specific Comments 1. p. 3 I question whether the methods used justify the precision of estimating 27 days with possible SO2 – induced asthma episodes. I would have thought that estimating between 25 and 30 days would more accurately express the level of confidence in the prediction based on the available data. . We agree and have changed this section accordingly to include a range of values. 2. p.5 The discussion of metals that is provided in Section 6 is not mentioned in the Executive Summary. This has now been added to the Executive Summary. 3. p.5 The discussion on cancer predictions from risk assessment and those from the review of epidemiology literature could be elaborated to note that the lifetime probabilities1 among all Canadians (not those specifically exposed to refinery emissions) of developing lung cancer (males 8.8 in 100, females 5.3 in 100) and leukemia (males 1.4 in 100, females 1 in 100) are high enough to make the extremely low cancer risks that might be attributed to these monitored air emissions essentially impossible to detect by any epidemiologic study. This challenge was observed in qualitative terms, but some quantitative perspective on the degree of difficulty encountered may be useful. The futility of doing a community health survey in these circumstances was wisely noted. We agree and are grateful to Dr. Hrudey for providing these comparative values, which have now been included in the report. 4. p.10 The Figure depicting the Health Canada risk assessment framework was far too small to be readable and thus added no value to the discussion. fixed 5. The Table in Section 2.6 was numbered Table 0.1, an apparent typo. fixed  1  Canadian Cancer Statistics 2001. Canadian Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Statistics Canada, Provincial / Territorial Cancer Registries, Health Canada, p.54.  6. p.26,etc. The colour figures starting with Fig.3.5 and continuing with 3.6, 3.9, 3.11, 3.12, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1 to 5.12 all use yellow, which make those lines and symbols essentially invisible on the printed pages. fixed 7. P.26, etc. The UBC 10 minute guideline is introduced in Tables 3.15, 3.16 and 3.17 and Figure 3.8 without any prior explanation that I can find. Because this derived criterion plays a major role in the quantitative analyses that have been done on SO2, a full explanation of where this came from and how it was developed is needed. This section has been reorganized and expanded so that the explanation of how the UBC guideline was developed precedes its use in these tables and figures. 8. p.100 The statement at the end of this page is very confusing. “This is partly because indoor sources of exposure to these substances are at least as important as outdoor source in contributing to disease risk and also partly because the health comparison value (ie the unit risk) is set deliberately at a level to be associated with very low population risk.” The intent of this statement is not clear and should be clarified. This statement has been deleted and the section modified accordingly. 9. p.99 There is also a problem with the results summarized in Table 1.4. As defined in footnote 2 to Table 1.2, the unit risk (the U.S. EPA gave this a poor name, admittedly) is an estimate of “excess cancers per million population per µg/m3.” For 1,3 butadiene, this is a plausible upper bound estimate of the cancer risk because the unit risk factor is derived from applying the q1* slope factor derived from the linearized multistage model applied to rodent cancer bioassay results to determine a dose, which is then translated into an air concentration on the basis of typical breathing rates. The cancer risk estimates produced by the linearized multistage model and how they should be presented in risk assessments was described in the U.S. Federal Register document that established its use:2 “It should be emphasized that the linearized multistage procedure leads to a plausible upper limit to the risk that is consistent with some proposed mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Such an estimate, however, does not necessarily give a realistic prediction of risk. The true value of the risk is unknown, and may be as low as zero. The range of risks, defined by the upper limit given by the chosen model and the lower limit which may be as low as zero, should be explicitly stated.” As a result, the cancer risk estimates shown in Table 1.4 as means or medians (based presumably on mean or median air concentrations) are in fact upper bound estimates because they rely on the upper bound estimates of the slope factor, q1*. The values reported in Table 1.2 as upper 95% confidence bounds are in fact even higher extreme values. As noted in the above quote, the lower bound of zero should also be reported for this estimate of cancer risk. The cancer risk for 1,3 butadiene was estimated using the product of the US EPA unit risk and a reasonable set of assumptions about exposures to 1, 3 butadiene in the vicinity of the Chevron refinery. The US EPA unit risk for 1, 3 butadiene is based on mathematical extrapolation from a rodent bioassay and represents a plausible upper limit for the true unit risk which may be as low as zero. We had noted in the report that the US EPA risk estimate was an upper 2  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1986. Guidelines for carcinogen risk assessment. Federal Register. 51(185): 33,992-34,003.  bound estimate. We have now added the comment that the risk may be as low as zero. 10. The benzene cancer risk estimate relies on extrapolation of occupational epidemiology data so that it is not as clear what the unit risk factor represents. The IRIS protocol describes the low dose extrapolation as being a maximum likelihood estimate, so the upper bound qualifier required for the butadiene cancer risk estimate does not apply to benzene. The US EPA unit risk for benzene is based on human data for groups of benzene exposed workers. While there is uncertainty associated with this unit risk, the limitations described above for the 1, 3 butadiene unit risk do not apply. 11. p.105-108. I find no difficulty with the conclusions of this section, but I believe that the target audience might benefit from a brief elaboration of the practical limitations encountered by the available epidemiologic study designs that could be applied to search for health effects in residents attributable to a nearby a petroleum refinery. We have elaborated as suggested. 12. p.109. The report ends with a description of limitations. While I agree totally with the limitations that have been described, I believe that the audience for this report would appreciate having the report reach conclusions, even though such conclusions will necessarily be limited by the many stated, practical factors. We agree and have added a conclusions and recommendations section. In particular, I believe that the odour problem needs to be addressed, notwithstanding the observation that a direct linkage between odour and health effects is not established. A direct linkage between odour and nuisance is clear and concerns about health effects will never be resolved in circumstances where substantial odour nuisance prevail. Consequently, odour nuisance reduction deserves attention in its own right. We agree and have added information about the odour threshold for gasoline vapour to the final report and commented further about the issue of odour annoyance in the report and in the summary .   Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Appendix E  Review of Community Based Epidemiologic Studies Colin MacKay, Susan M. Kennedy  Date: 6 July 2002  Population  Population 0—7.5 km away from the 11 oil refineries in the Great Britain (> 2 million tonnes of crude oil), compared to the general population Cohort study / small area study / ecologic study Oil refinery emissions, including benzene and 1,3-butadiene  Oil Refinery emissions from a refinery capable of 470,000 barrels per day that first opened in 1946; oldest refinery in Taiwan  Suspected Exposure  Postal code determined proximity to oil refinery, no ambient pollutant levels provided  Residence in municipalities adjacent to an oil refinery, no ambient pollutant levels provided  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Wilkinson P et. al., 1999  CANCER STUDIES Yang CY et. al., Women that died of 2000 lung cancer and births in the Nan-tzu and Tsoying municipalities between 1971-1996, compared to the general population in Taiwan; case-control study  Study  Lymphohaematopoetic malignancy incidence from national cancer register, 19741991  lung cancer mortality; sex ratios at birth  Health Outcome  age 0-14 yrs; all ages  Special Populations Nan-tzu municipality had a mix of elevated and decreased SMRs for the period 1971-1984 followed by elevated SMRs for the period 19841996; Tsoying municipality had reduced SMRs from 1971-1977, elevated SMRs 1977-1992, and reduced SMRs 1992-1996. There was no significant association between exposure to air pollution and sex ratios at birth. no association between proximity to oil refinery and leukaemias or nonHodgkin’s lymphoma; weak positive association between proximity (within 0.5 km of refinery) and Hodgkin’s disease (SMR 2.18); none of the age or cell type specific subgroups showed significantly increased risk within 0-2 km or 0 - 7.5 km from refinery.  Key Findings  Page E-1  Adjustment for SES and regional variation was done, however there was no adjustment for occupational exposure.  The refinery capacity is much greater than the Burnaby refinery. The high density population and other petrochemical industries adding to emissions reduce generalizability to Burnaby. The SMRs were not adjusted for SES, smoking, or occupational exposure.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Cases included women aged 50-69 yrs who died of lung cancer between 199194 in Taiwan. Controls were pair matched by sex, year of birth and year of death dying of respiratory disease excluding neoplasm. All were housewives at time of death.  Children dying of leukemia or other cancers in the UK from 1953-1980  Residents in 16 petrochemical industrial counties (PIC) compared with 16 low PIC of similar sociodemographic characteristics in Taiwan  Yang CY et. al., 1999  Knox EG and Gilman EA, 1997  Yang et. al., 1997 Petroleum and petrochemical emissions  Hazardous environmental emissions  Petrochemical emissions including vinyl chloride and PAHs  Suspected Exposure  Residence in a PIC, ≥2% of the total population works in the petroleum or petrochemical industry, residence in a low PIC, < 2% in the petroleum or petrochemical industry  Municipality of residence classified as petrochemical or non-petrochemical industrial areas and divided into tertiles based on the proportion of people employed in the specific industry; an estimate of the average annual PM10 levels based on measurements from a limited number of municipalities are as follows, highest tertile = 70 µg/ m3 , middle tertile = 66.5 µg/m3 , lower tertile = 60 µg/ m3 Proximity to hazardous emission based on Postal code of birth address and death address  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Mean annual age-adjusted mortality rates for all cancers combined and 26 site specific cancers for men and 28 for women, 19821991.  Mortality due to leukemia and all cancers combined standardized density ratios (SDR)  Lung cancer mortality  Health Outcome  Special Populations  Residence in PIC associated with a statistically significant increase in liver and bile duct cancer in men, 1.21 (95% CI 1.04-1.41), and a decrease in esophageal cancer in women, 0.42 (95% CI 0.21-0.83). There was no increase for lung cancer or leukemia.  Childhood leukemias and solid tumor cancer SDRs were associated with proximity to certain hazards, the association was stronger for birth postal code than death postal code, 29 significant hazard types ranging from airfields to zinc casting, including oil refineries and oil farms, were found to be statistically significant.  Women living in municipalities with higher percentages of people working in the petrochemical industry had a higher odds of lung cancer mortality OR 1.50 (95% CI 1.03, 2.17) and 1.66 (95% CI 1.05, 2.61) for the middle and higher tertiles respectively. Analysis based on a classification by a non-petrochemical air pollution index showed a non-statistically significant increasing lung cancer mortality OR with increasing non-petrochemical air pollution index, OR 1.17 (95% CI 0.77, 1.77) and 1.24 (95% CI 0.79, 1.95) for the middle and higher tertiles respectively.  Key Findings  Page E-2  The exposure includes both petrochemical and oil refinery exposures. The results are not adjusted for occupational exposure and smoking.  Multiple hazard types were identified without indicating if they are in close proximity to each other. There is no adjustment for SES.  The 24 hour PM10 levels measured at the MAMU site had an arithmetic mean of 20.4 µg/ m3 and a geometric mean of 17.4 µg/ m3, which are much lower than the averages seen in all three tertiles. The exposure is due to the petrochemical industry, which may include petroleum refineries. Results are adjusted for marital status and level of urbanization, however there is no adjustment for smoking, ETS, or possible previous occupational exposure  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Inhabitants of the Porvoo region in Finland, compared to the population of Finland  115,721 residents living within 7.5 km of the petrochemical plant in Baglan Bay Wales compared to cancer incidence rates in Great Britain, mortality rates in England and Wales, as well as the county of West Glamorgan  Persons aged 0-24 years who lived within 1.5 and 3 km of the petrochemical plant at Baglan Bay, compared to persons in Wales aged 0-24 years.  Pekkanen J et. al., 1995  Sans et. al., 1995  Lyons RA et. al. 1995 Petrochemical plant emissions  Petrochemical plant emissions, alcohols, styrene, olefins, benzene, vinyl chloride monomer, polyvinyl chloride  Oil refinery and petrochemical emissions: estimated SO2 concentrations originating from the refinery: 15-25 µg/ m3 within 4 km and 1015 µg/ m3 within 48 km  Suspected Exposure  Proximity to the petrochemical plant grouped as 0-1.5 km and 0-3.0 km from the plant. Benzene concentrations around the site had been reported to have monthly peak values from 4-16 ppb.  Distance from the petrochemical plant. A referenced report indicated that monitoring in the area – for example for benzene – was not suggestive of increased levels near the plant. Community sampling indicated 1-5 ppb benzene.  Map coordinate determined proximity to oil refinery  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Leukaemia and lymphoma in the years 1974-1991.  Cancer incidence and mortality for all cancers combined, leukaemias, and cancer of the larynx. Mortality for several other cancers possibly associated with petrochemical industry were also studied.  Leukemia and all cancers combined from Finnish Cancer Registry, 19831986  Health Outcome  Special Populations  There were only 13 leukaemia and lymphoma cases in total during this period. The observed numbers tended to be higher than the expected numbers, although the increases were not statistically significant.  There was an increased incidence of all cancers combined, cancer of the larynx, and multiple myeloma (in women) in the exposed population that was similar to the excess found in whole county. There was no association between any of these cancers and distance from the plant. Although there was no excess of mortality overall from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, rates decreased with increasing distance from the plant. There was no increase in lung cancer or leukemia.  There was an increased standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for leukemia in the city of Porvoo and surrounding municipality during the period 19831986, this SIR was not increased from 1967-1982 and 1987-1990. The increased rate was primarily due to a number of cases in men over 60 years old living 8 – 12 km from the refinery. There was no significant association between distance from the oil refinery and risk of leukemia or all cancers combined.  Key Findings  Page E-3  Peak benzene levels measured at the tank farm ranged from 2.5 ppb to 3.1 ppb, which are a little lower than those seen at Baglan Bay.  The increased incidence of cancers in whole county was believed to be partly related to duplication of records in the cancer register in Wales. The area being studied was one of petrochemical industry, not petroleum refining. The ambient benzene concentrations measured in the North Burnaby tank farm area had an arithmetic mean of 1.1 ppb and a geometric mean of 0.92 ppb, which is similar to those in the area of this study. There was no control for occupational exposure.  The 1 hour SO2 levels measured at Capital Hill had an arithmetic mean of 7.84 µg/ m3 and a geometric mean 3.80 µg/m3, which are at least ½ of the estimated levels in Porvoo. There was no adjustment for SES, smoking or occupational exposure.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Children aged 0-14 yrs who died of leukaemias and reticulo-endothelial cancer in the UK from 1966-83  Children and adolescents 0-19 yr old in a residential area in and near 3 petroleum and petrochemical complexes in Kaohsiung City compared to the population of Taiwan and Kaohsiung County  52,000 residents of County 20, which is close to ‘Refinery Row’ of eastern Edmonton, compared to the population of Alberta  Knox EG, 1994  Pan et. al., 1994  Guidotti TL 1991 Oil refinery and petrochemical emissions.  Oil refinery and petrochemical emissions  A wide range of potential hazards selected from a railway atlas and identified on maps.  Suspected Exposure  Residence in County 20.  Postal code determined proximity to hazards identified on maps, comparison rates were from postal codes selected based on their relationship to clusters, or randomly selected for comparison to cases Residence in a petrochemical industrial district (PID) with 50% of the population or 50% of the area within 3 km of one of the 3 complexes. Ambient NOx, ozone, and VOCs were reported "in excess" of the air quality standard.  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Cancer incidence for 23 site specific cancers and all cancers combined over the period 19791983, from the Alberta Cancer Registry.  Standardized mortality ratios for all cancers combined and 22 site specific cancers in boys and girls, 19711990.  Mortality due to leukaemia and reticuloendothelial cancers from the National Childhood Cancer Register 1966-1983.  Health Outcome  Cancer clusters with cases within 0.15 km of each other.  Special Populations  No significant increases in cancer incidence for all cancers combined and the 23 site specific cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia, compared to Alberta general population rates.  Significant increased SMR for bone cancer in girls and bladder cancer in boys compared to Taiwan, but not increased compared to Kaohsiung County for the period 1971-1990. For 1971-1980 there were no increased SMRs, for 1981-1990 there were increased SMR for all cancers combined in boys 10-19 yr old, bladder cancer in boys 0-19 yr old, brain cancer in boys 10-19 yr old, bone cancer in girls 0-19 and 10-19 yr old, and brain cancer in girls 0-19 and 0-9 yr old. There were no increased rates of lung cancer or leukemia.  Clusters tended to be closer to several map features: including railways, churches, and “A” roads and further from surface water and wooded areas. Clusters and cases of leukemia were found to be closer to oil refineries, oil depots, power stations, steel works, cement work, and harbors than controls. The average distance from oil refineries was 45.80 km (cancer clusters) compared to 49.49 km (controls).  Key Findings  Page E-4  The exposure is due to both petrochemical industry and oil refining.  The exposure is to both oil refinery and petrochemical emissions, the authors have suggested the increased SMRs in the 1981-1990 may be related to the start up of the petrochemical industries.  It is not possible to distinguish among the multiple hazards reviewed and risks identified.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Caucasian residents of Contra Costa County California  The residents of Contra Costa County  Kaldor et. al., 1984  Austin DF et. al. 1984  Industrial emissions with heavy petroleum and petrochemical industry  Oil refinery and petrochemical emissions Exposure model based on SO2, NOx, and hydrocarbon emissions, quantities of chemicals used and produced, and geographic and meteorological data.  Suspected Exposure  Modeling based on data from a series of ambient monitors distributed through the county provided an estimated exposure at the place of residence.  4 exposure areas were identified using estimated concentrations to refinery pollutants (estimates based dispersion modelling): Area 4 (highest exposure); Area 3 (mid); Area 2 (low); Area 1 no exposure (this area was not similar to the others demographically)  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Cancer of the lung, bronchus and trachea, 1969-1978  Average annual age-adjusted cancer incidence for 17 cancer sites and all cancers combined over the period 19691977; major cause mortality over the period 1968-1972  Health Outcome  A case-control group from Contra Costa County comprised of all cases (332) of cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung diagnosed between May 8, 1980 and July 31, 1981 among residents 35 to 75 years old and controls identified by a random digit dialing technique.  Special Populations There was an increasing trend from Area 2 (low level exposure) to Area 4 (high level exposure) in cancer incidence in males only for buccal cavity and pharyngeal (excluding nasopharynx), combined trachea, bronchus, and lung; prostate; combined kidney and urinary organs; and all sites combined; in females buccal cavity and pharyngeal cancers were highest in Area 3; a decreasing trend from Area 4 to2 was seen in females for cancer of the esophagus and bladder. There was not an increasing trend in lung cancer for females or in leukemia for both males and females. There was an increasing trend from Area 2 to 4 in all cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality for both sexes; cancer and cirrhosis mortality in men; cancer and cerebrovascular mortality in women. The preliminary analysis suggested an excess of lung cancer in the industrial areas of the county, but the casecontrol component of the study suggested that cigarette smoking differences and occupational exposures were responsible for the excess lung cancer rates, and there was no association with any of the measured pollutants in the community.  Key Findings  Page E-5  This was the same population studied by Kaldor (above), and suggests that the Kaldor results were most likely due to occupational exposures.  This was an ecologic study – ie. cancer rates in the 4 areas were compared, but no individual information was available. Thus differences seen across areas could be linked to other risk factors. The authors felt that their results were probably due to occupational, not residential exposures. They alos interpreted the findings with respect to other causes of death as evidence of important differences in smoking rates and other risk factors, not residential exposures. The exposure is due to both petrochemical industry and petroleum refining. Adjustment was made for potential confounders in the case-control study.  The authors pointed out that their estimates of exposure should only be interpreted as accurate on a relative basis, not a quantitative basis. The exposure was due to both petrochemical industry and oil refinery emissions.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Residents of 20 parishes in Louisiana who died of lung cancer compared to controls from the same parishes. The analysis was restricted to the cases and controls that had known duration of residence and lived within 3 miles of an industrial site Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) members living in an industrialized region of the San Francisco Bay area compared to KFHP members living in the rest of the Bay area.  Persons dying of lung cancer in the United States.  Gotlieb MS et. al. 1982  Blot WJ and Fraumeni JF, 1976  Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and total suspended particulate (TSP) primarily from the chemical industry and oil refining.  Industrial emissions  Petroleum and chemical industry emissions  Industrial emissions from 13 industry types, including the petroleum industry (crude petroleum gas extraction, petroleum refining, coal and miscellaneous products).  Suspected Exposure  Average ambient 24 h. SO2 = 23 µg/ m3 (range 10-490) and TSP = 89 µg/ m3 (range 0-720)  Residents in the industrialized portion of northern Contra Costa County and southern part of Solano County were considered exposed and those in the rest of the Bay area were considered not exposed County of residence, counties categorized as industrial or nonindustrial as well as level of industrialization and nature of industry based on estimated levels of industrial employment in the county .  Persons living within 1 mile of an industrial site were considered exposed to its emissions from that type of industry, residence from 1-3 miles were considered to be not exposed.  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  All CAUSE MORTALITY Bacharova et. al., Citizens of 1996 Bratislava, capital of Slovakia population 442,999  Hearey et. al., 1980  Population  Study  All cause and cause specific mortality for respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and diseases of the digestive system, 1987-1991.  Average annual age-adjusted mortality due to lung cancer, 1950-1969.  Estimated mean annual ageadjusted cancer incidence for 41 site specific cancers for men and women, 1971-1977.  Lung cancer mortality, 19601975.  Health Outcome  White males, white females and non-whites  Residents of a subarea, the so-called cancer belt of northern Contra Costa County  Special Populations  No association was found between daily variation in SO2 – 24 hr or TSP – 24 hr and total mortality or the cause specific mortalities.  Of the 154 comparisons made the differences were statistically significant for 10 comparisons: in 8 comparisons cancer rates were lower in the exposed area; in 2 comparisons, cancer rates were higher in the exposed area. The authors felt these findings were consistent with what might be expected on the basis of chance alone. There were no increases in lung cancer, breast cancer, or leukemia. Statistically significant excess rates of lung cancer deaths were found in white males in counties where paper, chemical, petroleum, and transportation industries are located, not seen in females, only found in counties with chemical industry in non-whites. Lung cancer patterns were also related to geographic region, urbanization, and SES.  Of the 13 industry types the petroleum and chemical industries showed the highest consistent elevations in risk for lung cancer associated with closeness of residence to industry. This elevation in risk was no longer present when the occupational exposure of the cases and controls was considered in the analysis.  Key Findings  Page E-6  The 24 hour SO2 levels measured at Capitol Hill had an arithmetic mean of 7.9 µg/ m3 and a geometric mean of 5.0 µg/ m3, which is 1/3 of the Bratislava levels. The exposure is due to both the chemical industry and oil refining.  Exposures may not be specific to petroleum refining. There is adjustment for urbanization, SES, and percent employed in each of 18 manufacturing categories. Not adjusted for smoking.  The exposure is due to oil refinery and petrochemical industry emissions. There was no adjustment for length of residence, occupation, SES, or smoking.  The exposure was not specific to petroleum refining.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Population  Births in the Teeside area of the UK (major steel and petrochemical industries) compared to births in Sunderland Steel and petrochemical industry emissions  Petrochemical emissions including vinyl chloride, PAHs, VOCs, and environmental estrogens (not measured), ambient PM10 and SO2 measured in some locations  Suspected Exposure  Residence in a municipality designated as petrochemical based on the percentage of the population employed in the industry. Average ambient PM10 in the study municipalities was 84.6 µg/ m3 and 68.8 µg/ m3 in the rest of Taiwan. Average SO2 in the study municipalities was 18.3 ppb and 7.2 ppb in the rest of Taiwan. Proximity of maternal residential zone at birth to industry based on postal code data. No ambient pollutant levels were reported.  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Bhopal RS et. al., 1999  BIRTH OUTCOMES Yang CY et. al., Births in 2000 petrochemical classified municipalities compared to all births in Taiwan.  Study  Low birth weight, stillbirths, and sex ratio from 1981-1991, fetal abnormalities from 1986-1993.  Sex ratio at birth male/female from 1987-1996.  Health Outcome  Special Populations  The odds ratio for low birth weight babies increased as distance from the industry increased. There was an increased percentage of low birth weight babies in industrial zones compared to non-industrial zone. There was an increased percentage of stillbirths in the non-industrial zone. No association of sex ratio and fetal abnormalities with proximity to industry was found.  The sex ratio at birth was statistically significantly higher in petrochemical municipalities, 1.093, for the period 1987-1996. The sex ratio at birth for the rest of Taiwan was not reported for comparison purposes.  Key Findings  Page E-7  The exposure was not specific to oil refineries. There was no adjustment for smoking, SES, or pre-natal care.  The 24 hour PM10 levels measured at the MAMU site had an arithmetic mean of 20.4 µg/ m3 and a geometric mean of 17.4 µg/ m3, that are much less than those in Taiwan. The 1 hour SO2 levels measured at Capitol Hill had an arithmetic mean of 3.0 ppb and a geometric mean of 1.5 ppb, that are also lower than the levels in Taiwan. The exposure is not specific to oil refineries.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Pregnancy outcomes of 700 women in Stenungsund compared to those of 700 women in Kungalv, Sweden. All women were born between 1935 and 1960.  Axelsson G and Molin I, 1988 Primarily ethylene plus polyethylene, chlorine, vinyl chloride, polyvinyl chloride, ethylene oxide, amines, glycols, and phthalates.  Suspected Exposure Residence in community with petrochemical plants, place of residence, occupation, and place of work during the first trimester. Estimated ambient concentrations in industrial community: : ethylene 10-50 ppb; propylene, ethane, propane, phenol < 6 ppb  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Self reported pregnancy outcomes up to April 1982, confirmed through medical records, the birth registry, and registry of congenital malformations.  Health Outcome  Employees in petrochemical industry  Special Populations No association between residence in petrochemical area and miscarriage, reduced birthweight, or congenital malformations; Petrochemical industry employees had increased miscarriage rate OR = 6.6 (95% CI 2.3—19.2)  Key Findings  Page E-8  The exposure is due to petrochemical industry emissions.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Population  Randomly selected residents >18 yrs living near an Ontario oil refinery, 391 people in 1992 and 427 in 1997 Oil refinery emissions in 1992 prior to odor reduction measures, and in 1997 after completion of the odor reduction measures.  Oil refinery emissions in 1992 prior to odor reduction measures, and in 1997 after completion of the odor reduction measures.  Suspected Exposure  Proximity of residential zone to oil the refinery, no ambient pollutant levels were provided. The mean TRS pre-odour reduction ranged from 0.83 to 1.36 ppb, and post-odour reduction ranged from 0.35 to 0.49 ppb.  Proximity of residential zone to oil the refinery, no ambient pollutant levels were provided. The mean TRS pre-odour reduction ranged from 0.83 to 1.36 ppb, and post-odour reduction ranged from 0.35 to 0.49 ppb.  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Luginaah IN et. al., 2000  ODOR AND MEDICAL SYMPTOMS Luginaah IN et. Randomly selected al. forth-coming residents >18 yrs living near an Ontario oil refinery, 391 people in 1992 and 427 in 1997  Study  Self reported cardinal and general symptoms. Cardinal symptoms were defined as those that were likely to result from the irritant properties of odors. Parents reported on symptoms in children < 12 yrs old.  Self reported cardinal and general symptoms. Cardinal symptoms were defined as those that were likely to result from the irritant properties of odors. Parents reported on symptoms in children < 12 yrs old.  Health Outcome  Special Populations  Reduced odour perception and annoyance, reduced adult cardinal symptom reporting, and reduced child general symptom reporting was seen after odour reduction modifications were made. Increasing distance from the refinery was associated with decreased odour perception and annoyance, increased adult cardinal symptom reporting, and decreased adult general symptom reporting. There was a positive association between odour perception and symptom reporting in adults and children. (1) No difference between the mean number of symptoms reported across zones in relation to the oil refinery for both children and adults. (2) No difference in symptom reporting pre and post odor reduction measures. (3) Symptom reporting was strongly mediated by odour perception and annoyance in both years. (4) The frequency of odor perception was found to be statistically significantly reduced only in the closest zone. (5) The frequency of odor perception and odor annoyance showed a strong and significant association with zonal distance from the refinery in both years  Key Findings  Page E-9  The 1 hour TRS at Capitol Hill had an arithmetic mean of 0.76 ppb and a geometric mean of 0.75 ppb, these values lie between the pre- and postodour reduction activities. There was no adjustment for SES, occupation, ETS, or smoking status.  The 1 hour TRS at Capitol Hill had an arithmetic mean of 0.76 ppb and a geometric mean of 0.75 ppb, these values lie between the pre- and postodour reduction activities.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  School children living in a petrochemical industrial area compared to those in a non-petrochemical area in Taiwan.  Randomly selected cross section of adults aged 30-64 years in a petrochemical industry area (679 people) and a nonpetrochemical industry area (659 people) in Taiwan.  Residents of Carson, California represented by systematically sampled groups from 3 residential areas providing 291 respondents  Yang CY et. al., 1998  Yang CY et. al., 1997  Deane M and Saunders G, 1978 Oil refinery and petrochemical industry emissions.  Vinyl chloride, PAHs, SO2 , NO2 , and PM10  PM10 , SO2 , NO2 , and acid aerosols (measured); vinyl chloride and PAHs (not measured)  Suspected Exposure  Self reported acute irritant symptoms (eyes, nose, throat, nausea, chemical odor perception) and chronic respiratory symptoms (cough, phlegm, wheezing, dyspnea, chronic bronchitis) Odour perception, cough, phlegm, shortness of breath, plus a further list of symptoms.  same as above  Proximity of residence to the industrial area. Exposure to odor in the 3 areas was determined by dynamic olfactometry with daily observations during a 2 week period in March 1972.  Parent reported asthma, bronchitis, cough, wheeze, and upper respiratory symptoms.  Health Outcome  Residence in petrochemical industrial area, or non-petrochemical industrial area. The geometric mean values for the exposed area were: SO2 6.04 ppb; NO2 12.09 ppb; PM10 85.89 µg/m3; for the control area: SO2 1.94 ppb; NO2 8.59 ppb; PM10 59.19 µg/m3  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Population  Study  Special Populations  Frequency of odor perception and annoyance significantly associated with distance from the source. In persons reporting symptoms frequently or occasionally there was a positive association between the amount bothered by odour and dizziness, nausea, or vomiting, and eye irritation for both sexes, and burning or irritation of the nose for women. No significant area differences were noted for illness, visits to a doctor, or hospital admission within the 2 weeks preceding the interview.  Acute irritant symptoms and phlegm were increased for residents in the petrochemical industry area; dyspnea was reduced.  Increased asthma and upper respiratory symptoms were experienced by school children in the petrochemical area; Asthma OR 2.53 (95% CI 1.17- 5.50), Upper respiratory symptoms OR 1.56 (95% CI 1.18- 2.08).  Key Findings  Page E-10  The exposure is due to oil refinery and petrochemical industry emissions.  same comment as above  The SO2 and NO2 levels in North Burnaby are similar to the control area in this study (and less than the exposed area); PM10 level in North Burnaby is less than both exposed and control area in this study.  Relevance to Burnaby Study  Chemical manufacturing industry and petrochemical industry emissions  Children (3rd to 5th grade) in Kanawha County, West Virginia  Ware JH et al, 1993 Proximity of school to industries and location inside or outside the valley.  Measure of Exposure  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Suspected Exposure  Population  Study  Standardized questionnaire for respiratory symptoms (chronic lower respiratory symptoms defined as: chronic cough, persistent wheezing, physician’s diagnosis of asthma)  Health Outcome  children  Special Populations Children in schools inside the valley had slightly increased rates of asthma and chronic respiratory symptoms (about 10% higher than schools outside the valley). Rates were similar for children in schools close to petrochemical industry compared to other schools. One school (the one closest to the petrochemical sites) had the highest VOC exposures and highest symptom rates.  Key Findings  Page E-11  This study was conducted in one of the largest chemical manufacturing centres in the US. 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Kennedy, Sarah Henderson  Date: 6 July 2002  Contents 1  Continuously Monitored Pollutants................................................................ 1 1.1 Introduction to the Results .................................................................................. 1 1.2 Non-Elevated Pollutants...................................................................................... 3 1.2.1 Carbon Monoxide........................................................................................ 3 1.2.2 Nitrogen Dioxide......................................................................................... 9 1.2.3 Ozone ........................................................................................................ 15 1.2.4 Particulate Matter (PM10).......................................................................... 24 1.3 Elevated Pollutants............................................................................................ 29 1.3.1 Sulphur Dioxide ........................................................................................ 29 1.3.2 Total Reduced Sulphur Compounds (TRS) .............................................. 36 1.4 National Comparisons ....................................................................................... 40 1.4.1 Carbon Monoxide (1-hour concentrations) ............................................... 40 1.4.2 Nitrogen Dioxide (1-hour concentrations) ................................................ 41 1.4.3 Ozone (1-hour concentrations).................................................................. 42 1.4.4 Fine Particulate Matter (24-hour averages)............................................... 43 1.4.5 Sulphur Dioxide (1-hour concentrations).................................................. 44 2 Volatile Organic Compounds ...................................................................... 45 2.1 Introduction to the Results ................................................................................ 45 2.2 Carcinogenic Compounds ................................................................................. 46 2.2.1 Benzene ..................................................................................................... 46 2.2.2 Benzylchloride .......................................................................................... 47 2.2.3 Bromodichloromethane............................................................................. 48 2.2.4 Ethylbenzene ............................................................................................. 49 2.2.5 Isoprene ..................................................................................................... 50 2.2.6 Tetrachloroethylene................................................................................... 51 2.2.7 Vinylchloride............................................................................................. 52 2.2.8 1,1-Dichloroethane.................................................................................... 53 2.2.9 1,2-Dichloroethane.................................................................................... 54 2.2.10 1,2-Dichloropropane ................................................................................. 55 2.2.11 1,3-Butadiene ............................................................................................ 56 2.2.12 1,4-Dichlorobenzene ................................................................................. 57 2.3 Other VOCs (with Published Reference Concentration Values) ...................... 58 2.3.1 Trimethylbenzene (all isomers)................................................................. 58 2.3.2 n-Hexane ................................................................................................... 59 2.3.3 Toluene...................................................................................................... 60 2.3.4 Xylene (all isomers) .................................................................................. 61 2.4 Other Volatile Organic Compound Groups ...................................................... 62 2.4.1 Non-Cyclic C5 Alkanes ............................................................................. 62 2.4.2 Branched, Non-cyclic C6 Alkanes............................................................. 63 2.4.3 n-Butane .................................................................................................... 64 2.4.4 Cyclohexane .............................................................................................. 65 2.4.5 Total Alkanes ............................................................................................ 66 2.4.6 Total Alkenes ............................................................................................ 67 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -i  -  2.4.7 Total Alkynes ............................................................................................ 68 2.4.8 Total Aromatics......................................................................................... 69 2.4.9 Total Halogens .......................................................................................... 70 2.5 Calculated Mixtures of Volatile Organic Compound Groups........................... 71 2.5.1 Liquid Gasoline ......................................................................................... 71 2.5.2 Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4)................................................................................ 72 2.5.3 Gasoline Vapour........................................................................................ 73 2.5.4 C5 to C8 Aliphatics ................................................................................... 74 2.6 National Comparisons ....................................................................................... 75 2.6.1 Benzene ..................................................................................................... 75 2.6.2 1,3-Butadiene ............................................................................................ 76 2.6.3 Liquid Gasoline ......................................................................................... 77 2.6.4 Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4)................................................................................ 78 2.6.5 Gasoline Vapour........................................................................................ 79  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  - ii  -  1 Continuously Monitored Pollutants 1.1 Introduction to the Results Summary Tables The summary table gives overview information about each station in the data set. It includes the following columns: • • • •  • • • • •  Station identifier and location Number of valid data points Number of invalid data points Number of valid data points with a value below the limit of detection (LOD) for the pollutant. If there are no values below the LOD the minimum value in the data set is given. Maximum value Arithmetic mean Arithmetic standard deviation Geometric mean Geometric standard deviation  Where the frequency distribution of the data set (or the log-transformed data set) was considered to be normal, the ANOVA p values comparing the station(s) in North Burnaby to all other stations are presented as a sub-text to the table. Where it was necessary to create data subsets to make an accurate comparison between stations, summary tables are presented for both the complete data set and the data subset. Histograms To determine the shape of the frequency distribution of each data set a histogram was plotted using all valid data points from all stations. If a transformation was necessary to achieve normality in the distribution a second histogram was plotted with the transformed data and both plots are shown. Comparative Plots All data points for every station have been plotted against time in order to show how stations compare to one another on an hour-to-hour or day-to-day basis. Each station has been assigned a different colour to represent it throughout this report:  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-1  Table 1.1 Colours used in graphs to represent monitoring stations in report Station ID T1 T2 T4 T5 T9 T14 T22 T23 T24 T26 T52  Station Location Down Town Kitsilano Kensington Park Confederation Park Port Moody Burnaby Mountain Burmount Capitol Hill Tank Farm North Vancouver MAMU on Capitol Hill  Colour Navy Blue Pink Olive Green n/a* Aqua Bright Blue Lilac Yellow Dark Red Orange Yellow**  * Though summary information for T5 was presented in all SO2 tables, it was not plotted due to overcrowding ** Yellow was used for both T23 and T52 because both represent Capitol Hill, and they monitor for different pollutants  Reference lines showing various AQOs and health-based guidelines have been added to these plots where appropriate. Upper Percentile Plots As an example for those who are unfamiliar with the concept, the 95th percentile (95%ile) of a data set is a value that represents the lower bound of the top 5% of the values in the data set, when sorted in descending order. Or, more simply, 5% of the values in the data set are higher than the 95%ile, and 95% are lower. Upper percentile plots are used to make a comparison between the highest pollutant concentrations (top 10%) at every station. They show the 100th percentile (maximum) down to the 90th percentile in varying increments, dependent on the number of data points analysed. Where two or more stations are similar, the lines of this plot type of plot are very near to one another, while significant differences result in more distance between them. If statistical analysis was run on a data subset, the values from the upper percentiles plot are drawn from the subset rather than the complete data set.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-2  1.2 Non-Elevated Pollutants 1.2.1  Carbon Monoxide  CO: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.2 Summary of all 1-hour CO data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  19860 668 21378 495  1 2  5.9 5.4  0.87 0.67  0.44 0.50  0.78 0.55  1.61 1.81  21375 489 21220 557  1 0  3.9 4.4  0.55 0.63  0.27 0.38  0.50 0.55  1.58 1.64  21180 688  1  4.7  0.54  0.31  0.48  1.55  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data; all values significantly different from all other values (p<0.05) * Limit of Detection for CO = 0.1 ppm  Log-Transformed 1-hour CO Data from All Stations  1-hour CO Data from All Stations  30000  Count  Count  30000  20000  10000  20000  10000  0  0 1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  CO Concentration  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  1.00  ln(CO Concentration)  Figure 1.1 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and log-transformed 1-hour CO data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-3  The station in Kensington Park was used to represent North Burnaby in the carbon monoxide analysis, and it will yellow rather than green in colour for all plots in this section.  Federal Maximum Desirable 1-hour = 13ppm  Figure 1.2 Comparative plot for all 1-hour CO concentrations  Figure 1.3 Upper percentiles plot for all 1-hour CO concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-4  CO: Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.3 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour CO data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver  # # Data Missing Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  851 911  9 1  0.5 0.3  5.9 5.4  1.55 1.45  0.62 0.87  1.46 1.25  1.42 1.71  912 908  0 2  0.3 0.3  3.9 4.4  0.99 1.19  0.42 0.57  0.92* 1.07  1.46 1.56  904  8  0.4  4.7  1.00  0.56  0.89  1.58  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T4 to T1, T2 and T9; p = 0.15 comparing T4 to T26  Log-Transformed Daily Maximum 1-hour CO Data from All Stations  Daily Maximum 1-hour CO Data from All Stations 750 750  Count  Count  500 500  250  250  0  0 1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  -1.00  CO Concentration  0.00  1.00  ln(CO Concentration)  Figure 1.4 Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and log-transformed daily maximum 1-hour CO data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-5  Federal Maximum Desirable 1-hour = 13ppm  Figure 1.5 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour CO concentrations  Figure 1.6 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 1-hour CO concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-6  CO: Daily Maximum 8-hour Averages Table 1.4 Summary of daily maximum 8-hour CO data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver  # # Data Missing Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  850 911  9 1  0.40 0.23  3.85 3.80  1.17 0.99  0.42 0.51  1.06 0.80  1.39 1.59  912 908  0 2  0.16 0.26  2.20 3.73  0.71 0.86  0.24 0.39  0.66 0.75  1.38 1.50  904  8  0.30  2.93  0.71  0.31  0.63  1.44  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data; all values significantly different from all other values (p<0.05)  Log-Transformed Daily Maximum 8-hour CO Data from All Stations  Daily Maximum 8-hour CO Data from All Stations 500  750  500  Count  Count  400  300  200 250 100  0 1.00  2.00  3.00  CO Concentration  -1.00  0.00  1.00  ln(CO Concentration)  Figure 1.7 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and log-transformed daily maximum 8-hour CO data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-7  Federal Maximum Desirable 8-hour = 5ppm  Figure 1.8 Comparative plot for daily maximum 8-hour CO averages  Figure 1.9 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 8-hour CO averages  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-8  1.2.2  Nitrogen Dioxide  NO2: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.5 Summary of all 1-hour NO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  21385 489 21235 638  0 0  0.078 0.068  0.028 0.023  0.009 0.011  0.027 0.020  1.40 1.81  21228 636 21157 689  0 0  0.078 0.088  0.018 0.020  0.009 0.009  0.016 0.017  1.68 1.74  21174 694  2  0.066  0.017  0.009  0.014  1.84  3985  1  0.059  0.013  0.009  0.010  2.10  97  *Limit of Detection for NO2 = 0.001 ppm  Table 1.6 Summary of all 1-hour NO2 data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Missing Data Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  3974 3957  108 125  0.006 0.002  0.072 0.059  0.028 0.022  0.009 0.010  0.026 0.019  1.39 1.76  3986 3878  96 204  0.001 0.001  0.069 0.065  0.017 0.019  0.009 0.010  0.015 0.016  1.68 1.78  3954  128  <LOD  0.058  0.016  0.009  0.014  1.85  3985  97  <LOD  0.059  0.013* 0.009  0.010  2.10  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity, p<0.05; 4082 1-hour time periods compared * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  1-hour NO2 Data from All Stations  10000  Count  7500  5000  Figure 1.10 Frequency distribution histogram for the nontransformed 1-hour NO2 data  2500  0 0.000  0.020  0.040  0.060  0.080  NO2 Concentration  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-9  Federal Maximum Acceptable 1-hour = 0.21ppm  Figure 1.11 Comparative plot for all 1-hour NO2 concentrations  Figure 1.12 Upper percentiles plot for all 1-hour NO2 concentrations during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-10  NO2: Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.7 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour NO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  910 905  2 7  0.018 0.006  0.078 0.068  0.040 0.036  0.008 0.008  0.039 0.035  1.22 1.29  906 902  6 10  0.008 0.012  0.078 0.088  0.031 0.033  0.009 0.009  0.030 0.032  1.35 1.33  902  10  0.011  0.066  0.030  0.008  0.029  1.32  167  13  0.005  0.058  0.027  0.011  0.024  1.55  Table 1.8 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour NO2 data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Missing Data Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  180 180  0 0  0.023 0.017  0.072 0.059  0.039 0.036  0.008 0.009  0.038 0.035  1.23 1.29  180 176  0 4  0.012 0.014  0.078 0.070  0.031 0.033  0.011 0.011  0.029 0.031  1.39 1.39  178  2  0.012  0.066  0.030  0.009  0.029  1.35  167  13  0.005  0.058  0.027  0.011  0.024  1.55  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; 180 days compared. * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  Daily Maximum 1-hour NO2 Data from All Stations 600  Count  400  200  Figure 1.13 Frequency distribution histogram for the nontransformed daily maximum 1-hour NO2 data  0 0.02  0.04  0.06  0.08  NO2 Concentration  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-11  Federal Maximum Acceptable 1-hour = 0.21ppm  Figure 1.14 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour NO2 concentrations  Figure 1.15 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 1-hour NO2 concentrations during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-12  NO2: 24-hour Averages Table 1.9 Summary of NO2 24-hour data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Min. Data Missing Value Points Points (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  903 895  9 17  0.0123 0.050 0.0031 0.043  0.028 0.023  0.006 0.007  0.028 0.021  1.24 1.42  895 890  17 22  0.0055 0.039 0.0057 0.048  0.018 0.020  0.005 0.006  0.017 0.019  1.34 1.38  893  19  0.0063 0.039  0.017  0.006  0.016  1.39  158  22  0.0024 0.028  0.012  0.005  0.011  1.56  Table 1.10 Summary of NO2 24-hour data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Min. Data Missing Value Points Points (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  175 173  5 7  0.016 0.009  0.049 0.037  0.028 0.022  0.006 0.006  0.027 0.021  1.23 1.35  177 172  3 8  0.008 0.007  0.036 0.043  0.017 0.019  0.005 0.007  0.016 0.018  1.34 1.41  175  5  0.007  0.037  0.017  0.005  0.016  1.38  158  22  0.002  0.028  0.012  0.005  0.011  1.56  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; 180 days compared. * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  24-hour NO2 Data from All Stations  400  Count  300  200  100  0.01  0.02  0.03  0.04  0.05  Figure 1.16 Frequency distribution histogram for the nontransformed 24-hour NO2 data  NO2 Concentration  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-13  Federal Maximum Acceptable 1-hour = 0.11ppm  Figure 1.17 Comparative plot for 24-hour NO2 averages  Figure 1.18 Upper percentiles plot for 24-hour NO2 averages during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-14  1.2.3 Ozone O3: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.11 Summary of all 1-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  21166 707 21172 701  2791 3269  0.060 0.074  0.008 0.013  0.008 0.012  0.004 0.006  3.44 4.24  21235 630 20757 1089  953 2491  0.071 0.085  0.015 0.013  0.011 0.013  0.010 0.006  3.05 4.16  21352 524  77  0.074  0.024  0.010  0.021  1.87  20955 913  853  0.085  0.016  0.012  0.010  3.24  3984  60  0.087  0.020  0.011  0.016  2.25  98  * Limit of Detection for O3 = 0.001 ppm  Table 1.12 Summary of all 1-hour O3 data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  3790 3975  292 107  401 574  0.048 0.074  0.008 0.012  0.008 0.012  0.004 0.006  3.28 4.10  3996 3961  86 121  165 344  0.071 0.085  0.015 0.013  0.011 0.013  0.010 0.006  2.90 3.93  3994  88  12  0.074  0.023  0.010  0.020  1.84  3954  128  138  0.085  0.016  0.012  0.010  3.05  3984  98  60  0.087  0.020  0.011  0.016*  2.25  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; 4082 1-hour time periods used; T1 not included p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  Log-Transformed 1-hour O3 Data from All Stations  1-hour O3 Data from All Stations  30000  Count  Count  30000  20000  20000  10000  10000  0  0 0.0200  0.0400  0.0600  O3 Concentration  0.0800  -7.00  -6.00  -5.00  -4.00  -3.00  Figure 1.19 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 1-hour O3 data  ln(O3 Concentration)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-15  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.082 ppm  Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.051 ppm  Figure 1.20 Comparative plot for all 1-hour O3 concentrations  Figure 1.21 Upper percentiles plot for all 1-hour O3 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-16  O3: Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.13 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  898 903  14 9  0.001 0.001  0.060 0.074  0.019 0.029  0.009 0.012  0.016 0.025  2.04 1.90  906 883  6 29  <LOD 0.001  0.071 0.085  0.029 0.030  0.010 0.012  0.026 0.026  1.74 1.91  907  5  0.007  0.074  0.034  0.009  0.033  1.32  893  19  0.001  0.085  0.030  0.011  0.027  1.69  167  13  0.004  0.087  0.032  0.011  0.030  1.46  Table 1.14 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour O3 data in the MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Missing Data Points Points  Min. Value (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  171 180  9 0  0.003 0.003  0.060 0.074  0.018 0.029  0.009 0.012  0.016 0.026  1.81 1.69  180 179  0 1  <LOD 0.002  0.071 0.085  0.029 0.031  0.011 0.013  0.026 0.028  1.75 1.70  180  0  0.016  0.074  0.034  0.010  0.033  1.33  177  3  0.001  0.085  0.030  0.012  0.027  1.67  167  13  0.004  0.087  0.032  0.011  0.030  1.46  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; 180 days compared; T1 not included * p<0.05 comparing T52 to T2 and T4. p=0.08 for T52 to T26; p=0.15 for T52 to T9; p=0.22 for T52 to T14 Daily Maximum 1-hour O3 for All Stations  500  Count  400  300  200  Figure 1.22 Frequency distribution histogram for the nontransformed daily maximum 1-hour O3 data  100  0.020  0.040  0.060  0.080  O3 Concentration  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-17  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.082 ppm  Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.051 ppm  Figure 1.23 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour concentrations  Figure 1.24 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 1-hour O3 concentrations during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-18  O3: Daily Maximum 8-hour Averages Table 1.15 Summary of daily maximum 8-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # # Data Missing Below Points Points LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  899 903  13 9  11 5  0.044 0.065  0.013 0.008 0.022 0.011  0.010 0.017  2.33 2.25  907 889  5 23  9 4  0.059 0.071  0.023 0.010 0.022 0.011  0.020 0.018  1.91 2.20  907  5  0  0.060  0.029 0.009  0.028  1.42  894  18  1  0.070  0.023 0.010  0.020  1.91  179  1  0  0.073  0.026 0.010  0.023  1.70  Table 1.16 Summary of daily maximum 8-hour O3 data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Min. Data Missing Value Points Points (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  172 180  8 0  0.001 0.001  0.044 0.065  0.013 0.022  0.008 0.011  0.010 0.018  2.18 2.00  180 180  0 0  <LOD 0.001  0.059 0.071  0.023 0.023  0.010 0.012  0.020 0.020  1.89 1.97  180  0  0.009  0.057  0.028  0.009  0.027  1.42  178  2  0.001  0.070  0.023  0.011  0.020  1.82  179  1  0.001  0.073  0.026* 0.010  0.023  1.70  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; 180 days compared; T1 not included * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations Daily Maximum 8-hour O3 Data from All Stations 500  400  Count  300  200  100  0.010  0.030  0.050  O3 Concentration  0.070  Figure 1.25 Frequency distribution histogram for the nontransformed daily maximum 8-hour O3 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-19  Proposed CanadaWide Environmental Standard = 0 065 ppm  Figure 1.26 Comparative plot for daily maximum 8-hour O3 averages  Figure 1.27 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 8-hour O3 averages during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-20  O3: 24-hour Averages Table 1.17 Summary of 24-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # # Data Missing Below Points Points LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  897 898  15 14  30 16  0.028 0.040  0.008 0.013  0.005 0.007  0.006 0.010  2.23 2.21  898 875  14 37  10 12  0.038 0.038  0.015 0.013  0.007 0.007  0.013 0.010  1.95 2.17  901  11  0  0.046  0.024  0.008  0.023  1.47  885  27  3  0.039  0.016  0.008  0.013  1.98  158  22  0  0.044  0.020  0.008  0.018  1.62  Table 1.18 Summary of 24-hour O3 data in MAMU subset  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # # Data Missing Below Points Points LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  171 177  9 3  1 1  0.020 0.029  0.007 0.012  0.005 0.007  0.006 0.010  2.07 1.93  179 177  1 3  2 2  0.030 0.033  0.015 0.013  0.007 0.006  0.013 0.011  1.88 1.93  177  3  0  0.042  0.023  0.008  0.022  1.47  175  5  2  0.034  0.016  0.008  0.013  1.85  158  22  0  0.044  0.020* 0.008  0.018  1.62  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; 180 days compared; T1 not included * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations NOTE: ANOVA with square root-transformed data produced the same result  24-hour O3 All Data from All Stations  Square Root-Transformed 24-hour O3 All Data from All Stations  300  200  Count  Count  300  100  0 0.000  200  Figure 1.28 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 24-hour O3 data  100  0.010  0.020  0.030  O3 Concentration  0.040  0 0.000  0.050  0.100  0.150  0.200  sqrt(O3 Concentration)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-21  Federal Acceptable 24-hour Objective = 0.025 ppm  Federal Desirable 24-hour Objective = 0.015 ppm  Figure 1.29 Comparative plot for 24-hour O3 averages  Table 1.19 Exceedances of federal objectives in the 24-hour O3 data subset for MAMU Altitude Station (m) T1 Downtown 56 T2 Kitsilano 63 T4 Kensington Park 133 T9 Port Moody <15 T14 Burnaby Mountain 360 T26 North Vancouver 80 T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill 200  # of Days  # of Points ≥ Desirable # of Points ≥ Acceptable Objective (0.015 ppm) Objective (0.025 ppm)  171 177 179 177 177 175 158  16 54 84 63 147 88 112  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  0 11 16 7 70 22 50  Page D-22  Figure 1.30 Upper percentiles plot for 24-hour O3 averages during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-23  1.2.4  Particulate Matter (PM10)  PM10: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.20 Summary of all 1-hour PM10 data  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU  # # Data Missing Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Arith. Value Mean Standard 3 3 (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation  Geo. Geo. Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation  21746 142  98  180  13.5  9.2  11.2  1.9  21698 181 21083 777 3455 118  92 160 24  143 110 87  11.2 13.5 10.6  7.8 9.1 8.9  9.1 10.9 8.0  1.9 2.0 2.2  * Limit of Detection for PM10 = 1 µg/m3  Table 1.21 Summary of all 1-hour PM10 data in MAMU subset  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Arith. † Value Mean Standard 3 3 (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation  Geo. Geo. Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation  3528  45  8  180  13.1  10.5  10.9  1.8  3485 3354 3455  88 219 118  16 25 24  99 96 87  11.1 13.2 10.6*  8.8 9.9 8.9  8.8 10.5 8.0  1.9 2.0 2.2  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; 3573 1-hour time periods compared * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  Log-Transformed 1-hour PM10 Data from All Stations  1-hour PM10 Data from All Stations  15000 25000  20000  Count  Count  10000 15000  10000  5000  5000  0 0.000  50.000  100.000  150.000  0.00  PM10 Concentration  1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  ln(PM10 Concentration)  Figure 1.31 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 1-hour PM10 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-24  Figure 1.32 Comparative plot for all 1-hour PM10 concentrations  Figure 1.33 Upper percentiles plot for all 1-hour PM10 concentrations during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-25  PM10: 24-hour Averages Table 1.22 Summary of 24-hour PM10 data  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  Min. Value 3 (µg/m )  Max. Arith. Value Mean Standard 3 3 (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation  Geo. Geo. Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation  911  1  1.6  49.8  13.5  5.7  12.5  1.5  904 878  8 34  2.0 2.8  57.4 58.6  11.2 13.5  6.0 6.8  10.0 12.1  1.6 1.6  137  22  3.5  51.4  10.3  6.8  8.8  1.7  Table 1.23 Summary of 24-hour PM10 data in MAMU subset  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  158  1  Min. Value 3 (µg/m ) 6.3  155 148  4 11  4.5 4.5  57.4 58.6  11.5 13.7  7.9 8.8  9.9 11.9  1.6 1.6  137  22  3.5  51.4  10.3*  6.8  8.8  1.7  # # Missing Data Points Points  Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 49.6  Arith. † Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation 13.4 7.1  Geo. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 12.2  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.5  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; 159 days compared * p<0.05 comparing T52 to all other stations  24-hour PM10 Data from All Stations  24-hour PM10 Data from All Stations  500 750  Count  Count  400  500  300  200 250  100  0 10.00  20.00  30.00  40.00  50.00  PM10 Concentration  1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  ln(PM10 Concentration)  Figure 1.34 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 24-hour PM10 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-26  GVRD 24-hour Objective = 50 µg/m3  Figure 1.35 Comparative plot for 24-hour PM10 averages  Figure 1.36 Upper percentiles plot for 24-hour PM10 averages during MAMU operation  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-27  PM10 Concentrations After Catalyst Release of April 2000 On April 6th and 7th 2000 malfunctions in the Fluid Catalytic Cracker Regenerator (FCCR) at Chevron’s North Burnaby refinery resulted in the release of approximately 1600 kg of particulate catalyst into the surrounding atmosphere. The following plots show the 1-hour and 24-hour concentrations of PM10 at stations T2, T4 and T9 throughout April 2000. There is no evidence of elevated PM10 levels at station T4 due to the release, probably because the most of the particles (approximately 94% according to the GVRD/Simon Fraser Health Region report) were greater than 10 microns in diameter.  Figure 1.37 1-hour PM10 concentrations in April 2000  Figure 1.38 24-hour PM10 averages in April 2000  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-28  1.3 Elevated Pollutants 1.3.1  Sulphur Dioxide  SO2: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.24 Summary of all 1-hour SO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  0.00522 0.0050 0.00291 0.0031  0.00356 0.00202  2.44 2.30  0.078  0.00221 0.0028  0.00152  2.18  2978 5857 7908 1361  0.066 0.061 0.390 0.050  0.00240 0.00242 0.00299 0.00264  0.0028 0.0033 0.0100 0.0031  0.00165 0.00154 0.00145 0.00174  2.22 2.30 2.50 2.34  5495  0.055  0.00214 0.0023  0.00153  2.12  Max. # # # Missing Below Value Data Points Points LOD* (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  21444 431 21140 729  708 3629  0.090 0.081  21241 624  5567  11742 21086 21281 5437  2106 761 569 379  21109 759  Standard Deviation  * LOD for SO2 = 0.001 ppm  Log-Transformed 1-hour SO2 Data from All Stations  1-hour SO2 Data from All Stations  125000  60000  Count  Count  100000  75000  40000  50000  20000 25000  0 0.100  0.200  0.300  -7.00  SO2 Concentration  -5.00  -3.00  -1.00  ln(SO2 Concentration)  Figure 1.39 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 1-hour SO2 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-29  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.34 ppm  WHO 10-minute Guideline = 0.19 ppm Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective =0.17 ppm UBC health-based 10-minute NOAEL = 0.10 ppm  ATSDR acute exposure MRL = 0.01 ppm  Figure 1.40 Comparative plot for all 1-hour SO2 concentrations  Table 1.25 Number of 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines # of hours greater than or equal to (≥) standard Federal WHO Federal UBC Acceptable 10-minute Desirable 10-minute ATSDR % Data Below 1-hour Obj. Guideline 1-hour Obj. Guideline acute MRL † Points LOD (0.34 ppm) (0.19 ppm) (0.17 ppm) (0.1 ppm) (0.01 ppm)  Station T1 Downtown 21444 3.3 0 T2 Kitsilano 21140 17.2 0 T4 Kensington Park 21241 26.2 0 T5 Confederation Park 11742 25.4 0 T9 Port Moody 21086 27.8 0 T23 Capitol Hill 21281 37.2 1 T24 Tank Farm 5437 25.0 0 T26 North Vancouver 21109 26.0 0 † CHISQ test for heterogeneity, p<0.005  0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 44 0 0  3089 691 490 299 993 1044 204 395  Page D-30  Figure 1.41 Upper percentiles plot for all 1-hour SO2 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-31  SO2: Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.26 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour SO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # # # Max. Data Missing Below Value Points Points LOD (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  912 901  0 11  10 28  0.090 0.081  0.0139 0.0079  0.009 0.006  0.0114 0.0065  1.95 1.92  905  7  139  0.078  0.0063  0.007  0.0042  2.49  498 898 908 232  79 14 4 16  10 125 167 7  0.066 0.061 0.390 0.050  0.0063 0.0068 0.0141 0.0079  0.007 0.007 0.031 0.007  0.0043 0.0044 0.0055* 0.0058**  2.44 2.61 3.62 2.31  900  12  98  0.055  0.0060  0.005  0.0043  2.31  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing T23 all other stations; T5 and T24 not included ** p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations  Daily Maximum 1-hour SO2 Data from All Stations  Log-Transformed Daily Maximum 1-hour SO2 Data from All Stations  6000  1000  4000  Count  Count  750  500  2000  250  0  0 0.100  0.200  0.300  -7.00  SO2 Concentration  -5.00  -3.00  -1.00  ln(SO2 Concentration)  Figure 1.42 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 1-hour SO2 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-32  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.34 ppm  WHO 10-minute Guideline = 0.19 ppm Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective =0.17 ppm UBC health-based 10-minute NOAEL = 0.10 ppm  ATSDR acute exposure MRL = 0.01 ppm  Figure 1.43 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour SO2 concentrations  Figure 1.44 Upper percentiles plot for daily maximum 1-hour SO2 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-33  SO2: 24-hour Averages Table 1.27 Summary of 24-hour average SO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # # # Max. Data Missing Below Value Points Points LOD (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  911 894  1 18  15 56  0.022 0.020  0.0052 0.0029  0.0030 0.0018  0.0044 0.0025  1.82 1.76  898  14  213  0.018  0.0022  0.0017  0.0018  1.90  493 886 898 225  84 26 14 23  109 196 262 32  0.012 0.016 0.110 0.014  0.0024 0.0024 0.0030 0.0027  0.0018 0.0020 0.0057 0.0020  0.0019 0.0019 0.0019* 0.0021**  1.96 2.01 2.29 1.93  894  18  165  0.011  0.0021  0.0014  0.0018  1.79  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing T23 to T1 and T2; p=0.08 for T4; p=0.80 for T9; p=0.23 for T26; T5 and T24 not included ** p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations Log-Transformed 24-hour SO2 Data from All Stations  24-hour SO2 Data from All Stations 6000  600  Count  Count  4000 400  2000 200  0  0 0.0200  0.0400  0.0600  0.0800  0.1000  -7.00  SO2 Concentration  -6.00  -5.00  -4.00  -3.00  ln(SO2 Concentration)  Figure 1.45 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 24-hour SO2 data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-34  Federal Acceptable 24-hour Average = 0.115 ppm  Federal Desirable 24-hour Average = 0.057 ppm  Figure 1.46 Comparative plot for 24-hour SO2 averages  Figure 1.47 Upper percentiles plot for 24-hour SO2 averages  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-35  1.3.2  Total Reduced Sulphur Compounds (TRS)  TRS: All 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.28 Summary of all 1-hour TRS data  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  # # # Max. Data Missing Below Value Points Points LOD* (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  18710 21297 21457 21242 5509  0.00077 0.00094 0.00074 0.00083 0.00091  0.00017 0.00052 0.00013 0.00031 0.00035  0.00076 0.00088 0.00074 0.00080 0.00088  1.18 1.37 1.13 1.26 1.29  3154 550 419 609 319  15176 11351 19023 15097 2559  0.003 0.015 0.008 0.015 0.007  * LOD for TRS = 0.001 ppm  Table 1.29 Summary of all 1-hour TRS data in the Tank Farm subset  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  Max. # # # Missing Below Value Data (ppm) Points Points LOD  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  5651 5724 5811 5788 5509  0.00080 0.00106 0.00077 0.00076 0.00091  0.00024 0.00069 0.00012 0.00012 0.00035  0.00078 0.00096 0.00076 0.00075 0.00088  1.24 1.46 1.15 1.15 1.29  252 162 104 102 319  4479 2268 4668 4799 2559  0.002 0.015 0.003 0.003 0.007  1-hour TRS Data from All Stations  1-hour Log-Transformed TRS Data from All Stations  60000 75000  Count  Count  40000 50000  20000  25000  0  0 0.0025  0.0050  0.0075  0.0100  0.0125  -7.00  TRS Concentration  -6.00  -5.00  ln(TRS Concentration)  Figure 1.48 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed 1-hour TRS data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-36  GVRD Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.010 ppm  GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.005 ppm  Limit of Detection  Figure 1.49 Comparative plot for all 1-hour TRS concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-37  TRS: Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Table 1.30 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour TRS data  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  # # # Max. Data Missing Below Value Points Points LOD* (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  797 906 912 905 235  0.0009 0.0018 0.0009 0.0011 0.0015  0.0003 0.0015 0.0004 0.0009 0.0010  0.0009 0.0014 0.0008 0.0009 0.0013  1.26 1.83 1.27 1.49 1.63  115 6 0 7 13  401 132 532 401 15  0.003 0.015 0.008 0.015 0.007  * LOD for TRS = 0.001 ppm  Table 1.31 Summary of daily maximum 1-hour TRS data in the Tank Farm subset  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  Max. # # # Missing Below Value Data (ppm) Points Points LOD  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  244 246 250 250 235  0.0009 0.0023 0.0009 0.0009 0.0015  0.0003 0.0019 0.0002 0.0003 0.0010  0.0009 0.0018 0.0009 0.0008 0.0013  1.33 1.91 1.22 1.25 1.63  6 4 0 0 13  113 15 115 139 15  0.002 0.015 0.003 0.003 0.007  Daily Maximum Log-Transformed 1-hour TRS Data from All Stations  Daily Maximum 1-hour TRS Data from All Stations  3000  1500  Count  Count  2000  1000  1000  500  0  0 0.0025  0.0050  0.0075  0.0100  0.0125  -7.00  TRS Concentration  -6.00  -5.00  ln(TRS Concentration)  Figure 1.50 (a & b) Frequency distribution histograms for the non-transformed and logtransformed daily maximum 1-hour TRS data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-38  GVRD Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.010 ppm  GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.005 ppm  Limit of Detection  Figure 1.51 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour TRS concentrations  Figure 1.52 Upper percentiles plot for the Tank Farm subset of the daily maximum 1-hour concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-39  1.4 National Comparisons 1.4.1  Carbon Monoxide (1-hour concentrations)  Table 1.32 Summary table for national 1-hour CO concentrations  Station  # Valid Points  Max. # # Invalid Below Value Points LOD*** (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Geo. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby**  20933 20214 21703 21375  955 210 185 489  0.36 0.34 0.40 0.55  0.30 0.39 0.28 0.27  0.29 0.18 0.34 0.50*  560 11782 190 1  4.6 4.0 2.8 3.9  1.88 3.12 1.75 1.58  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing North Burnaby to all other stations ** Station T004 (Kensington Park) used *** Limit of Detection for CO = 0.1ppm  Figure 1.53 Comparative plot for national 1-hour CO concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-40  1.4.2  Nitrogen Dioxide (1-hour concentrations)  Table 1.33 Summary table for national 1-hour NO2 concentrations  Station  # Valid Points  # # Max. Invalid Below Value Points LOD*** (ppm)  Arith. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Geo. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby**  3404 3689 3588 4048 3985  678 393 13 34 97  0.005 0.015 0.017 0.017 0.013*  0.003 0.011 0.013 0.012 0.010  488 83 14 0 1  0.038 0.065 0.122 0.083 0.059  0.005 0.011 0.012 0.014 0.009  2.881 2.379 2.229 2.436 2.102  † ANOVA test for homogeneity, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing North Burnaby to all other stations ** Station T052 (MAMU) used *** Limit of Detection for NO2 = 0.001ppm  Figure 1.54 Comparative plot for national 1-hour NO2 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-41  1.4.3  Ozone (1-hour concentrations)  Table 1.34 Summary table for national 1-hour O3 concentrations  Station  # Valid Points  # # Max. Invalid Below Value Points LOD*** (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Geo. † Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby**  4054 4023 4069 4063 3984  28 59 13 19 98  0.021 0.022 0.027 0.024 0.020  0.009 0.016 0.018 0.016 0.011  0.019 0.016 0.019 0.017 0.016*  0 36 74 23 60  0.073 0.098 0.118 0.078 0.087  1.72 2.68 2.77 2.74 2.25  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing North Burnaby to Saint John, Sarnia and Edmonton; p=0.76 for Montreal ** Station T052 (MAMU) used *** Limit of Detection for O3 = 0.001ppm  Figure 1.55 Comparative plot for national 1-hour O3 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-42  1.4.4  Fine Particulate Matter (24-hour averages)  Table 1.35 Summary table for national 24-hour PM10 averages  Station  # Valid Points  Max. Arith. # Min. Value Mean Standard Invalid Value 3 3 3 Points ( g/m ) ( g/m ) ( g/m ) Deviation  Geo. Geo. † Mean Standard 3 ( g/m ) Deviation  Saint John Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby**  108 134 142 137  51 20 17 22  16.7 15.6 17.5 8.9*  5.8 3.1 2.9 3.5  39.2 64.5 77.5 51.4  18.2 18.8 21.2 10.3  7.6 11.4 13.8 6.8  1.53 1.88 1.87 1.68  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing North Burnaby to all other stations ** Station T052 (MAMU) used  Figure 1.56 Comparative plot for national 24-hour PM10 averages  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-43  1.4.5  Sulphur Dioxide (1-hour concentrations)  Table 1.36 Summary table for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations  Station  # Valid Points  # # Invalid Below Points LOD**  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Mean Deviation (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby*  20329 21285 21673 21716 21281  1559 603 215 172 569  0.381 0.163 0.295 0.069 0.390  0.0114 0.0071 0.0111 0.0027 0.0030  0.0186 0.0102 0.0216 0.0032 0.0100  4.61 3.06 3.12 2.29 2.50  4833 2911 727 4936 7908  0.0036 0.0038 0.0048 0.0018 0.0015  * Station T23 (Capitol Hill) used ** Limit of Detection for SO2 = 0.001ppm  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.34 ppm  WHO 10-minute Guideline = 0.19 ppm Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective =0.17 ppm UBC Suggested 10-minute Guideline = 0.10 ppm  ATSDR acute exposure MRL = 0.01 ppm  Figure 1.57 Comparative plot for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-44  2 Volatile Organic Compounds 2.1 Introduction to the Results Summary Tables and Histograms The summary table gives overview information about each station in the data set, and provides ANOVA p values comparing the station in North Burnaby to all other stations as a sub-text. Tables include the following information: -  Station identifier and location Number of valid and invalid data points (if any) Minimum and maximum values Arithmetic mean and standard deviation Geometric mean and standard deviation  Histograms of the log-transformed data sets are shown alongside the summary tables. Comparative Plots All data points for every station have been plotted against time in order to show how stations compare to one another. Each station has been assigned a different colour to represent it throughout this report:  Table 2.1 Colours used in graphs to represent monitoring stations in report Station ID T1 T9 T12 T15 T22 T24 T29 T31  Station Location Downtown Port Moody Chilliwack East Surrey Burmount Tank Farm Hope YVR  Colour Navy Blue Aqua Pink Orange Maroon Yellow Green Royal Blue  Reference lines showing expected indoor/outdoor concentrations, reference concentrations, risk concentrations and various occupational exposure limits have been added to these plots and labelled where appropriate.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-45  2.2 Carcinogenic Compounds Analyses of the carcinogenic compounds are presented here in alphabetical order with average/expected indoor and outdoor concentrations noted where available. 2.2.1 Benzene Table 2.2 Summary table for Benzene Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 4.05 6.26 1.43 2.01 3.32 10.35 1.98 3.33  Arith. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 2.19 1.79 0.83 0.85 1.09 3.51 0.59 1.29  Geo. † Arith. Standard Mean 3 Deviation (µg/m ) 0.79 2.07 0.99 1.57 0.30 0.78 0.37 0.77 0.53 0.99 2.19 2.95* 0.38 0.52 0.74 1.11  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.40 1.66 1.43 1.55 1.52 1.83 1.64 1.74  Benzene Log-Transformed Data  **  60  Count  Min. # Valid Value Station Points (µg/m3) T1 Downtown 38 1.13 T9 Port Moody 95 0.46 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.45 T15 East Surrey 40 0.25 T22 Burmount 51 0.33 T24 Tank Farm 27 0.96 T29 Hope 21 0.24 T31 YVR 38 0.34  40  20  0  -1.00  0.00  1.00  ln[Benzene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.1 Comparative plot for Benzene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-46  2.00  Benzylchloride Table 2.3 Summary table for Benzylchloride Max. Arith. Geo. † Value Mean # Valid # Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 Station Points <LOD** (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.36 T1 Downtown 38 0 0.11 0.05 0.02 0.05 Port Moody 1.33 T9 95 0 0.08 0.05 0.01 0.05 T12 Chilliwack 19 17 0.05 0.01 0.01 0.01 1.80 T15 East Surrey 40 0 0.06 0.04 0.01 0.04 1.39 T22 Burmount 51 0 0.09 0.05 0.02 0.04 1.41 T24 Tank Farm 27 23 0.06 0.01 0.02 0.01* 2.03 Hope T29 21 19 0.06 0.01 0.01 0.01 1.80 T31 YVR 38 32 0.08 0.01 0.02 0.01 2.08  Benzylchloride Log-Transformed Data  ***  Count  75  50  25  0  -4.50  -4.00  -3.50  -3.00  ln[Benzylchloride]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T9, T15 & T22; p=0.51 for T12; p=0.45 for T29; p=0.85 for T31 ** Limit of Detection for Benzylchloride = 0.01 µg/m3 *** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.2 Comparative plot for Benzylchloride  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-47  -2.50  2.2.2  Bromodichloromethane  Table 2.4 Summary table for Bromodichloromethane  34 87 17 34 45 27 17 34  4 8 2 6 6 0 4 4  1 0 1 2 1 0 1 2  0.22 0.23 0.14 0.18 0.2 0.53 0.1 0.17  0.12 0.11 0.09 0.08 0.09 0.18 0.06 0.09  0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.14 0.03 0.04  Geo. † Mean Geo. Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation 1.76 0.11 1.38 0.11 0.08 1.93 0.07 1.93 0.09 1.64 0.14* 1.82 0.05 2.09 0.07 2.12  Bromodichloromethane Log-Transformed Data  ***  150  100  Count  Station T1 Downtown T9 Port Moody T12 Chilliwack T15 East Surrey T22 Burmount T24 Tank Farm T29 Hope T31 YVR  Max. Arith. Arith. # # Value Mean Standard Valid Missing Points Points <LOD** (µg/m3) (µg/m3) Deviation  50  0  -4.00  -3.00  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T9, T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.06 for T1 ** Limit of Detection for Bromodichloromethane = 0.01 µg/m3 *** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.3 Comparative plot for Bromodichloromethane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -2.00  ln[Bromodichloromethane]  Page D-48  -1.00  2.2.3  Ethylbenzene  Table 2.5 Summary table for Ethylbenzene Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.60 T1 Downtown 38 0.46 3.81 1.47 0.77 1.32 2.04 T9 Port Moody 95 0.26 7.42 1.97 1.42 1.55 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.13 0.73 0.38 0.20 0.33 1.72 T15 East Surrey 40 0.09 1.38 0.49 0.31 0.41 1.88 T22 Burmount 51 0.15 2.46 0.67 0.42 0.56 1.83 Tank Farm T24 27 0.53 5.54 1.82 1.24 1.49* 1.89 T29 Hope 21 0.07 0.44 0.18 0.10 0.16 1.65 T31 YVR 38 0.15 2.82 0.81 0.59 0.65 1.95  Ethylbenzene Log-Transformed Data  **  50  Count  40  30  20  10  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  1.00  ln[Ethylbenzene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.44 for T1; p=0.76 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.4 Comparative plot for Ethylbenzene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-49  2.00  2.2.4 Isoprene Table 2.6 Summary table for Isoprene Min. Geo. Max. Arith. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) ( g/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.57 T1 Downtown 38 0.16 0.88 0.40 0.20 0.36 1.93 T9 Port Moody 95 0.08 1.51 0.33 0.25 0.27 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.06 0.48 0.16 0.11 0.14 1.83 T15 East Surrey 40 0.04 1.64 0.27 0.37 0.16 2.57 T22 Burmount 51 0.05 1.46 0.27 0.28 0.18 2.28 Tank Farm T24 27 0.10 2.29 0.65 0.52 0.47* 2.35 T29 Hope 21 0.02 1.05 0.23 0.30 0.12 2.92 T31 YVR 38 0.04 0.47 0.19 0.10 0.17 1.72  Isoprene Log-Transformed Data  60  **  Count  40  20  0  -3.00  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  ln[Isoprene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T9, T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.17 for T1 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.5 Comparative plot for Isoprene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-50  2.2.5 Tetrachloroethylene Table 2.7 Summary table for Tetrachloroethylene Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.70 T1 Downtown 38 0.23 2.35 0.73 0.44 0.63 1.95 T9 Port Moody 95 0.13 4.92 0.89 0.71 0.71 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.09 0.65 0.19 0.14 0.16 1.66 T15 East Surrey 40 0.08 0.48 0.21 0.10 0.19 1.53 T22 Burmount 51 0.14 1.15 0.38 0.20 0.33 1.65 Tank Farm T24 27 0.13 1.10 0.43 0.30 0.35* 1.93 T29 Hope 21 0.06 0.18 0.11 0.03 0.10 1.34 T31 YVR 38 0.14 1.36 0.45 0.32 0.37 1.88  Tetrachloroethylene Log-Transformed Data  **  60  Count  40  20  0  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  ln[Tetrachloroethylene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T9, T12, T15 & T29; p=0.78 for T22; p=0.65 for T31 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.6 Comparative plot for Tetrachloroethylene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-51  1.00  2.2.6  Vinylchloride  Table 2.8 Summary table for Vinylchloride Max. Arith. Geo. † Value Mean # Valid Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 Station Points <LOD** (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.54 T1 Downtown 38 1 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.42 T9 Port Moody 95 3 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.02 T12 Chilliwack 19 2 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.58 T15 East Surrey 40 3 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.49 T22 Burmount 51 2 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.51 Tank Farm T24 27 0 0.05 0.02 0.01 0.02* 1.36 T29 Hope 21 3 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.69 T31 YVR 38 3 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.02 1.58  Vinylchloride Log-Transformed Data  ***  Count  150  100  50  0  -4.50  -4.00  -3.50  ln[Vinylchloride]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T15, T29 and T31; p=0.22 for T1, p=0.25 for T9; p=0.26 for T12; p=0.16 for T22 ** Limit of Detection for Vinylchloride = 0.01 µg/m3 *** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.7 Comparative plot for Vinylchloride  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-52  -3.00  2.2.7  1,1-Dichloroethane  Table 2.9 Summary table for 1,1-Dichloroethane Max. Arith. Geo. † Value Mean # Valid Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 Station Points <LOD** (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 2.08 T1 Downtown 38 7 0.07 0.03 0.02 0.03 1.83 T9 Port Moody 95 12 0.06 0.04 0.01 0.03 T12 Chilliwack 19 3 0.06 0.04 0.02 0.03 2.04 T15 East Surrey 40 8 0.06 0.03 0.01 0.03 2.01 T22 Burmount 51 8 0.06 0.03 0.01 0.03 1.95 Tank Farm T24 27 3 0.26 0.06 0.06 0.04* 2.46 T29 Hope 21 6 0.05 0.03 0.02 0.02 2.29 T31 YVR 38 7 0.06 0.03 0.02 0.03 2.02  1,1-Dichloroethane Log-Transformed Data  ***  Count  75  50  25  0  -4.00  -3.00  ln[1,1-Dichloroethane]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T9, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.15 for T12 ** Limit of Detection for 1,1-Dichloroethane = 0.01 µg/m3 *** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.8 Comparative plot for 1,1-Dichloroethane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-53  -2.00  2.2.8  1,2-Dichloroethane  Table 2.10 Summary table for 1,2-Dichloroethane Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 2.07 T1 Downtown 38 0.06 3.49 0.24 0.55 0.14 1.55 T9 Port Moody 95 0.06 0.49 0.12 0.07 0.10 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.04 0.1 0.07 0.01 0.07 1.22 T15 East Surrey 40 0.05 0.11 0.08 0.02 0.07 1.22 T22 Burmount 51 0.05 0.2 0.09 0.03 0.08 1.30 T24 Tank Farm 27 0.08 0.55 0.18 0.11 0.16* 1.67 T29 Hope 21 0.05 0.1 0.07 0.01 0.07 1.22 T31 YVR 38 0.05 0.38 0.08 0.05 0.08 1.36  1,2-Dichloroethane Log-Transformed Data  **  Count  150  100  50  0  -3.00  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  ln[1,2-Dichloroethane]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T9, T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.17 for T1 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.9 Comparative plot for 1,2-Dichloroethane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-54  1.00  2.2.9  1,2-Dichloropropane  Table 2.11 Summary table for 1,2-Dichloropropane  37 91 18 38 49 27 20 37  1 4 1 2 2 0 1 1  10 19 6 16 17 3 8 16  0.06 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.07 0.29 0.05 0.06  Geo. Arith. Arith. † Mean Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 0.033 0.017 0.026 2.186 0.037 0.017 0.031 2.027 0.032 0.018 0.025 2.303 0.031 0.020 0.022 2.509 0.032 0.019 0.024 2.341 0.050 0.051 0.038* 2.181 0.025 0.016 0.019 2.235 0.026 0.017 0.019 2.370  1,2-Dichloropropane Log-Transformed Data  ***  125  100  Count  Station T1 Downtown T9 Port Moody T12 Chilliwack T15 East Surrey T22 Burmount T24 Tank Farm T29 Hope T31 YVR  Max. # # Value Valid Missing Points Points <LOD** (µg/m3)  75  50  25  -4.00  -3.00  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.07 for T1; p=0.27 for T9; p=0.08 for T12 ** Limit of Detection for 1,2-Dichloropropane = 0.01 µg/m3 *** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.10 Summary plot for 1,2-Dichloropropane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -2.00  ln[1,2-Dichloropropane]  Page D-55  2.2.10 1,3-Butadiene Table 2.12 Summary table for 1,3-Butadiene Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.40 T1 Downtown 38 0.23 0.94 0.45 0.16 0.43 1.80 T9 Port Moody 95 0.08 1.62 0.32 0.22 0.27 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.07 0.35 0.14 0.07 0.13 1.54 T15 East Surrey 40 0.04 0.34 0.13 0.07 0.11 1.62 T22 Burmount 51 0.05 0.62 0.17 0.11 0.15 1.64 Tank Farm T24 27 0.10 1.52 0.45 0.43 0.32* 2.24 T29 Hope 21 0.03 0.36 0.09 0.07 0.07 1.81 T31 YVR 38 0.07 0.82 0.27 0.20 0.22 1.93  1,3-Butadiene Log-Transformed Data  **  50  Count  40  30  20  10  -3.00  -2.00  -1.00  ln[1,3-Butadiene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.15 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.11 Comparative plot for 1,3-Butadiene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-56  0.00  2.2.11 1,4-Dichlorobenzene Table 2.13 Summary table for 1,4-Dichlorobenzene Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.64 T1 Downtown 38 0.15 1.86 0.33 0.29 0.28 T9 Port Moody 95 0.04 0.26 0.10 0.04 0.09 1.41 1.88 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.14 2.89 0.41 0.61 0.30 T15 East Surrey 40 0.05 0.45 0.26 0.08 0.24 1.44 T22 Burmount 51 0.04 15.22 0.63 2.12 0.25 2.84 Tank Farm T24 27 0.18 1.70 0.40 0.35 0.32* 1.85 T29 Hope 21 0.14 0.88 0.30 0.17 0.27 1.61 T31 YVR 38 0.06 6.88 0.35 1.09 0.16 2.25  1,4-Dichlorobenzene Log-Transformed Data  **  100  Count  75  50  25  0  -3.00  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  1.00  ln[1,4-Dichlorobenzene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 *p<0.05 comparing T24 to T9 & T31; p=0.36 for T1; p=0.67 for T12; p=0.7 for T15; p=0.10 for T22; p=0.33 for T31 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.12 Comparative plot for 1,4-Dichlorobenzene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-57  2.00  2.3 Other VOCs (with Published Reference Concentration Values) 2.3.1  Trimethylbenzene (all isomers)  Table 2.14 Summary table for Trimethylbenzene (all isomers) Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 7.72 5.92 1.13 1.73 3.01 7.24 0.74 4.25  Arith. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 2.44 2.19 0.60 0.62 0.87 2.72 0.31 1.29  Geo. † Arith. Standard Mean 3 Deviation (µg/m ) 1.34 2.17 1.26 1.84 0.27 0.55 0.38 0.52 0.52 0.75 1.68 2.27* 0.17 0.27 0.93 1.02  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.62 1.85 1.61 1.79 1.74 1.85 1.71 2.00  Trimethylbenzene (all isomers) Log-Transformed Data  40  **  30  Count  Min. # Valid Value Station Points (µg/m3) T1 Downtown 38 0.83 T9 Port Moody 95 0.44 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.26 T15 East Surrey 40 0.16 T22 Burmount 51 0.21 Tank Farm T24 27 0.83 T29 Hope 21 0.12 T31 YVR 38 0.22  20  10  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  1.00  logtri  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.77 for T1; p=0.11 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.13 Comparative plot for Trimethylbenzene (all isomers)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-58  2.00  2.3.2 n-Hexane Table 2.15 Summary table for n-Hexane Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 2.01 T1 Downtown 38 0.66 37.75 2.44 5.93 1.46 1.77 T9 Port Moody 95 0.32 4.46 1.51 0.84 1.29 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.20 1.32 0.55 0.31 0.48 1.76 T15 East Surrey 40 0.13 1.77 0.49 0.29 0.43 1.64 T22 Burmount 51 0.28 2.88 1.12 0.59 0.98 1.69 Tank Farm T24 27 1.07 47.77 10.03 9.60 6.88* 2.52 T29 Hope 21 0.15 0.79 0.28 0.16 0.25 1.57 T31 YVR 38 0.14 2.38 0.84 0.53 0.70 1.86  n-Hexane Log-Transformed Data  **  Count  60  40  20  0 -2.00  -1.00  0.00  1.00  2.00  ln[n-Hexane]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.14 Comparative plot for n-Hexane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-59  3.00  2.3.3 Toluene Table 2.16 Summary table for Toluene Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.87 T1 Downtown 38 2.60 39.97 9.39 8.63 7.40 1.87 T9 Port Moody 95 1.64 38.75 8.84 5.86 7.30 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.67 5.31 2.36 1.40 1.97 1.91 T15 East Surrey 40 0.55 9.33 2.88 2.03 2.33 1.93 T22 Burmount 51 0.96 13.18 3.26 2.13 2.78 1.76 Tank Farm T24 27 2.74 29.42 10.15 6.76 8.36* 1.88 T29 Hope 21 0.33 2.69 1.09 0.78 0.89 1.89 T31 YVR 38 0.85 18.30 5.34 3.74 4.27 2.00  Toluene Log-Transformed Data  **  Count  60  40  20  0  -1.00  0.00  1.00  2.00  ln[Toluene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.44 for T1; p=0.33 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.15 Comparative plot for Toluene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-60  3.00  2.3.4  Xylene (all isomers)  Table 2.17 Summary table for Xylene (all isomers) Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.60 T1 Downtown 38 2.23 17.95 6.69 3.52 5.97 2.08 T9 Port Moody 95 1.18 35.22 9.21 6.75 7.16 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.46 3.14 1.52 0.85 1.30 1.80 T15 East Surrey 40 0.38 6.28 2.05 1.40 1.66 1.94 T22 Burmount 51 0.6 11.19 2.87 1.97 2.36 1.88 Tank Farm T24 27 2.39 22.44 8.21 5.42 6.75* 1.89 T29 Hope 21 0.22 1.83 0.70 0.48 0.58 1.82 T31 YVR 38 0.57 12.63 3.54 2.66 2.77 2.04  Xylene (all isomers) Log-Transformed Data  **  40  Count  30  20  10  -1.00  0.00  1.00  2.00  logxy  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T12, T15, T22, T29 & T31; p=0.46 for T1; p=0.68 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.16 Comparative plot for Xylene  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-61  3.00  2.4 Other Volatile Organic Compound Groups 2.4.1 Non-Cyclic C5 Alkanes Table 2.18 Summary table for non-cyclic C5 Alkanes Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 48.61 49.42 11.33 14.70 22.67 378.71 5.85 16.84  Arith. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 11.00 13.93 4.30 3.53 9.66 148.58 2.06 6.43  Geo. † Arith. Standard Mean 3 Deviation (µg/m ) 7.59 9.64 10.21 11.03 2.94 3.47 2.22 3.10 5.11 8.40 100.23 109.73* 1.36 1.79 3.77 5.50  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.60 1.98 1.98 1.65 1.72 2.47 1.65 1.77  Non-Cyclic C5 Alkanes Log-Transformed Data  **  60  40  Count  Min. # Valid Value Station Points (µg/m3) T1 Downtown 38 4.7 T9 Port Moody 95 2.76 T12 Chilliwack 19 1.08 T15 East Surrey 40 0.92 T22 Burmount 51 2.81 Tank Farm T24 27 11.11 T29 Hope 21 1.09 T31 YVR 38 1.29  20  0  0.00  1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  logc5  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.17 Comparative plot for non-cyclic C5 Alkanes  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-62  5.00  2.4.2 Branched, Non-cyclic C6 Alkanes Table 2.19 Summary table for branched, non-cyclic C6 Alkanes Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.67 T1 Downtown 38 2.22 27.97 6.57 4.73 5.65 1.92 T9 Port Moody 95 1.22 22.49 6.30 4.18 5.14 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.63 5.00 2.08 1.23 1.78 1.76 T15 East Surrey 40 0.51 4.96 1.74 0.93 1.53 1.68 T22 Burmount 51 0.96 12.36 3.76 2.27 3.23 1.73 Tank Farm T24 27 3.55 170.00 53.14 42.60 36.51* 2.66 T29 Hope 21 0.52 3.39 1.03 0.68 0.90 1.62 T31 YVR 38 0.54 8.22 3.05 1.86 2.56 1.85  Non-Cyclic C6 Alkanes Log-Transformed Data  60  **  Count  40  20  0  0.00  1.00  2.00  3.00  logc6  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.18 Comparative plot for branched C6 Alkanes  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-63  4.00  5.00  2.4.3  n-Butane  Table 2.20 Summary table for n-Butane Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.80 T1 Downtown 38 3.05 60.55 11.06 9.89 8.97 2.24 T9 Port Moody 95 1.87 73.47 15.96 13.96 11.62 T12 Chilliwack 19 1.22 9.58 3.48 2.24 2.95 1.77 T15 East Surrey 40 0.7 9.98 3.59 2.19 3.00 1.86 T22 Burmount 51 3.21 57.40 13.09 10.15 10.32 1.99 Tank Farm T24 27 13.29 219.40 104.16 57.63 86.32* 1.99 T29 Hope 21 0.78 5.82 1.80 1.30 1.51 1.75 T31 YVR 38 1.12 28.99 6.44 5.67 4.80 2.14  n-Butane Log-Transformed Data  **  40  Count  30  20  10  0.00  1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  ln[n-Butane]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.19 Comparative plot for n-Butane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-64  5.00  2.4.4 Cyclohexane Table 2.21 Summary table for Cyclohexane Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.60 T1 Downtown 38 0.22 1.66 0.63 0.35 0.56 1.94 T9 Port Moody 95 0.10 1.97 0.55 0.37 0.44 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.07 0.53 0.20 0.12 0.17 1.81 T15 East Surrey 40 0.04 0.48 0.16 0.10 0.14 1.72 T22 Burmount 51 0.11 1.34 0.39 0.24 0.34 1.75 Tank Farm T24 27 0.47 32.80 6.45 7.70 3.33* 3.41 T29 Hope 21 0.04 1.22 0.15 0.25 0.10 2.13 T31 YVR 38 0.06 0.85 0.30 0.20 0.25 1.90  Cyclohexane Log-Transformed Data  **  Count  60  40  20  0  -3.00  -1.00  1.00  ln[Cyclohexane]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.20 Comparative plot for Cyclohexane  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-65  3.00  2.4.5  Total Alkanes  Table 2.22 Summary table for Total Alkanes Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.55 T1 Downtown 38 32.26 207.03 68.88 36.83 62.09 1.85 T9 Port Moody 95 14.68 249.39 72.84 45.06 60.74 T12 Chilliwack 19 9.61 48.35 22.88 11.55 20.38 1.64 T15 East Surrey 40 5.86 47.98 20.84 9.36 18.95 1.56 T22 Burmount 51 18.25 147.68 53.18 30.53 46.07 1.71 Tank Farm T24 27 53.61 920.69 457.45 257.58 371.55* 2.09 T29 Hope 21 7.29 29.27 12.43 6.60 11.28 1.52 T31 YVR 38 9.42 115.61 37.41 23.61 31.57 1.79  Total Alkanes Log-Transformed Data  **  60  Count  40  20  0  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  ln[Total Alkanes]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.21 Comparative plot for Total Alkanes  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-66  6.00  2.4.6  Total Alkenes  Table 2.23 Summary table for Total Alkenes Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.43 T1 Downtown 38 10.05 39.53 17.67 7.24 16.52 1.78 T9 Port Moody 95 3.30 42.75 14.50 8.77 12.29 T12 Chilliwack 19 2.84 10.55 5.71 2.22 5.34 1.46 T15 East Surrey 40 1.73 11.63 5.13 2.28 4.69 1.52 T22 Burmount 51 2.73 24.73 7.64 4.35 6.76 1.62 Tank Farm T24 27 7.70 422.16 143.90 125.75 90.76* 2.97 T29 Hope 21 1.55 12.75 3.84 2.94 3.20 1.76 T31 YVR 38 2.85 29.69 9.97 6.55 8.30 1.83  Total Alkenes Log-Transformed Data  75  **  Count  50  25  0  1.00  2.00  3.00  4.00  ln[Total Alkenes]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.22 Comparative plot for Total Alkenes  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-67  5.00  6.00  2.4.7  Total Alkynes  Table 2.24 Summary table for Total Alkynes Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.47 T1 Downtown 38 2.30 15.04 5.70 2.40 5.29 1.86 T9 Port Moody 95 0.91 17.13 4.76 3.13 3.94 T12 Chilliwack 19 0.85 4.27 1.85 0.80 1.72 1.49 T15 East Surrey 40 0.34 5.08 1.77 1.07 1.52 1.76 T22 Burmount 51 0.54 9.45 2.32 1.53 2.02 1.65 Tank Farm T24 27 1.02 11.10 2.89 2.16 2.41* 1.78 T29 Hope 21 0.48 3.01 1.06 0.57 0.96 1.57 T31 YVR 38 0.78 14.35 3.70 3.17 2.83 2.05  Total Alkynes Log-Transformed Data  **  60  Count  40  20  0  -1.00  0.00  1.00  2.00  ln[Total Alkynes]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T9, T12, T15 & T29; p=0.19 for T22; p=0.25 for T31 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.23 Comparative plot for Total Alkynes  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-68  2.4.8  Total Aromatics  Table 2.25 Summary table for Total Aromatics Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.65 T1 Downtown 38 8.76 65.72 25.65 15.20 22.43 1.85 T9 Port Moody 95 5.74 83.78 28.22 16.57 23.65 T12 Chilliwack 19 2.85 13.90 7.17 3.38 6.42 1.64 T15 East Surrey 40 1.88 26.85 8.48 5.39 7.17 1.79 T22 Burmount 51 2.99 37.86 10.36 6.01 9.05 1.68 Tank Farm T24 27 9.29 76.87 30.29 18.45 25.47* 1.83 T29 Hope 21 1.58 9.21 3.68 1.99 3.29 1.59 T31 YVR 38 2.80 47.58 14.49 9.91 11.82 1.91  Total Aromatics Log-Transformed Data  60  **  Count  40  20  0  1.00  2.00  3.00  ln[Total Aromatics]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T12, T15 T22, T29 & T31; p=0.38 for T1; p=0.55 for T9 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.24 Comparative plot for Total Aromatics  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-69  4.00  2.4.9  Total Halogens  Table 2.26 Summary table for Total Halogens Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.37 T1 Downtown 38 10.03 61.41 14.98 8.31 13.99 1.21 T9 Port Moody 95 9.10 32.63 12.41 3.05 12.14 T12 Chilliwack 19 9.43 23.58 11.90 3.45 11.55 1.27 T15 East Surrey 40 8.91 12.58 10.49 0.97 10.44 1.10 T22 Burmount 51 8.20 28.48 10.55 2.87 10.32 1.21 Tank Farm T24 27 9.65 17.52 12.12 1.85 11.99* 1.15 T29 Hope 21 9.39 12.62 10.17 0.88 10.13 1.09 T31 YVR 38 8.81 18.99 11.97 2.13 11.80 1.18  Total Halogens Log-Transformed Data  **  125  Count  100  75  50  25  2.50  3.00  3.50  ln[Total Halogens]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to T1, T15, T22 & T29; p=0.77 for T9; p=0.51 for T12; p=0.74 for T31 ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.25 Comparative plot for Total Halogens  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-70  4.00  2.5 Calculated Mixtures of Volatile Organic Compound Groups 2.5.1  Liquid Gasoline  Table 2.27 Summary table for Liquid Gasoline Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 296.87 356.90 67.36 75.99 188.25 1199.43 41.35 173.16  Arith. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 100.46 106.72 31.24 30.16 65.32 637.84 16.47 54.72  Geo. † Arith. Standard Mean 3 Deviation (µg/m ) 55.05 89.97 63.65 89.44 16.08 27.65 15.32 26.85 37.15 56.97 311.77 547.31* 9.69 14.61 35.76 45.50  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.57 1.85 1.67 1.64 1.68 1.88 1.59 1.85  Total Gasoline Hydrocarbons Log-Transformed Data  **  60  40  Count  Min. # Valid Value Station Points (µg/m3) T1 Downtown 38 41.95 Port Moody T9 95 20.93 T12 Chilliwack 19 12.07 T15 East Surrey 40 7.47 Burmount T22 51 20.15 T24 Tank Farm 27 93.19 T29 Hope 21 7.87 T31 YVR 38 10.95  20  0  3.00  4.00  5.00  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.26 Comparative plot for Liquid Gasoline  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  6.00  ln[Total Gasoline Hydrocarbons]  Page D-71  7.00  2.5.2  Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4)  Table 2.28 Summary table for Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4) Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.62 T1 Downtown 38 31.68 258.02 80.70 48.84 70.96 1.87 T9 Port Moody 95 16.98 301.63 88.54 53.59 73.68 T12 Chilliwack 19 8.48 56.25 24.69 13.80 21.34 1.75 T15 East Surrey 40 5.64 64.78 23.94 12.83 21.05 1.68 T22 Burmount 51 11.79 130.11 42.36 25.46 36.20 1.76 Tank Farm T24 27 52.77 917.43 450.26 257.56 365.04* 2.09 T29 Hope 21 5.57 30.10 12.17 7.01 10.81 1.60 T31 YVR 38 7.94 139.87 42.96 28.74 35.42 1.88  Total Jet Fuel Hydrocarbons Log-Transformed Data  60  **  Count  40  20  0  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  6.00  ln[Total Jet Fuel Hydrocarbons]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.27 Comparative plot for Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-72  2.5.3  Gasoline Vapour  Table 2.29 Summary table for Gasoline Vapour Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.59 T1 Downtown 38 31.62 222.37 73.30 41.97 65.17 1.88 T9 Port Moody 95 14.74 283.66 80.41 49.76 66.70 T12 Chilliwack 19 8.07 51.28 22.77 12.60 19.76 1.74 T15 East Surrey 40 5.13 58.29 21.93 11.35 19.41 1.66 T22 Burmount 51 16.62 152.51 52.43 30.92 45.24 1.72 Tank Farm T24 27 52.48 1045.19 494.63 285.44 397.05* 2.14 T29 Hope 21 6.17 30.77 11.67 7.18 10.27 1.61 T31 YVR 38 8.10 129.59 39.84 26.44 32.98 1.86  Gasoline Vapour Log-Transformed Data  **  50  Count  40  30  20  10  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  ln[Gasoline Vapour]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.28 Comparative plot for Gasoline Vapour  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-73  6.00  2.5.4  C5 to C8 Aliphatics  Table 2.30 Summary table for all C5 to C8 aliphatic compounds Min. Max. Arith. Geo. † Mean # Valid Value Value Arith. Standard Mean Geo. Standard 3 3 3 3 Station Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation 1.55 T1 Downtown 38 32.26 207.03 68.88 36.83 62.09 T9 Port Moody 95 14.68 249.39 72.84 45.06 60.74 1.85 T12 Chilliwack 19 9.61 48.35 22.88 11.55 20.38 1.64 T15 East Surrey 40 5.86 47.98 20.84 9.36 18.95 1.56 T22 Burmount 51 18.25 147.68 53.18 30.53 46.07 1.71 Tank Farm T24 27 53.61 920.69 457.45 257.58 371.55* 2.09 T29 Hope 21 7.29 29.27 12.43 6.60 11.28 1.52 T31 YVR 38 9.42 115.61 37.41 23.61 31.57 1.79  Regional C5 to C8 Aliphatics Log-Transformed Data  50  Count  40  30  20  10  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  ln[C5 to C8]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.29 Comparative plot for all C5 to C8 aliphatic compounds  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-74  6.00  2.6 National Comparisons 2.6.1 Benzene Table 2.31 Summary table for national Benzene data Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 2.2 27.71 11.13 8.29 10.35  Arith. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 0.88 4.62 1.7 1.81 3.51  Geo. Arith. † Standard Mean Deviation (µg/m3) 0.4 0.79 4.44 3.34 1.59 1.26 1.21 1.53 2.19 2.95*  Geo. Standard Deviation 1.63 2.24 2.09 1.77 1.83  National Benzene Log-Transformed Data  ** 60  Count  Min. # Valid Value Station Points (µg/m3) Saint John 73 0.23 Montreal 114 0.59 Sarnia 111 0.3 Edmonton 115 0.48 North Burnaby 27 0.96  40  20  0 -1.00  0.00  1.00  2.00  ln[Benzene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.30 Comparative plot for national Benzene data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-75  3.00  2.6.2  1,3-Butadiene  Table 2.32 Summary table for national 1,3-Butadiene data  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby  73 114 111 115 27  0.03 0.08 0.04 0.03 0.10  0.23 1.11 2.23 0.73 1.52  0.09 0.27 0.35 0.18 0.45  0.05 0.18 0.40 0.13 0.43  0.08 0.23 0.21 0.14 0.32*  1.57 1.69 2.72 1.92 2.24  National 1,3-Butadiene Log-Transformed Data  **  60  Count  Station  Min. Geo. Max. Arith. Geo. Arith. † Value Mean Standard Standard Mean # Valid Value Points (µg/m3) (µg/m3) (µg/m3) Deviation (µg/m3) Deviation  40  20  0 -3.00  -2.00  -1.00  0.00  ln[1,3-Butadiene]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.31 Comparative plot for national 1,3-Butadiene data  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-76  2.6.3  Liquid Gasoline  Table 2.33 Summary table for national Liquid Gasoline data set  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby  73 114 111 115 27  6.9 14.7 9.5 28.2 65.8  248.7 391.4 282.5 1466.9 1365.7  68.9 110.0 66.4 210.4 600.2  56.7 69.5 55.6 180.7 373.2  47.6 89.1 47.2 169.5 472.2*  2.53 1.99 2.33 1.87 2.18  National Liquid Gasoline Log-Transformed Data  **  75  50  Count  Station  Geo. Min. Max. Arith. Geo. Arith. † Value Mean Standard Standard Mean # Valid Value 3 3 3 3 Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation  25  0 2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  6.00  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.32 Comparative plot for national Liquid Gasoline data set  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  7.00  ln[Liquid Gasoline Hydrocarbons]  Page D-77  2.6.4  Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4)  Table 2.34 Summary table for national Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4) data set  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby  73 114 111 115 27  4.8 11.3 7.0 23.4 52.8  213.6 295.7 215.1 1264.8 917.4  54.5 90.8 51.4 161.8 450.3  45.1 56.9 43.8 141.9 257.6  37.2 73.5 36.2 132.2 365.0*  2.58 2.00 2.36 1.82 2.09  National Liquid Jet Fuel Log-Transformed Data  **  75  Count  Station  Geo. Min. Max. Arith. Geo. Arith. † Value Mean Standard Standard Mean # Valid Value 3 3 3 3 Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation  50  25  0 2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  6.00  ln[Liquid Jet Fuel Hydrocarbons]  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.33 Comparative plot for national Liquid Jet Fuel (JP-4) data set  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page D-78  7.00  2.6.5  Gasoline Vapour  Table 2.35 Summary table for national Gasoline Vapour data set  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby  73 114 111 115 27  4.5 10.4 5.8 21.3 52.48  199.4 330.5 228.4 1358.2 1045.19  54.4 83.7 50.3 184.6 494.63  46.2 55.0 43.2 167.7 285.44  36.9 66.8 35.0 145.9 397.05*  2.60 2.04 2.41 1.93 2.14  National Gasoline Vapour Log-Transformed Data  **  75  50  Count  Station  Geo. Min. Max. Arith. Geo. Arith. † Value Mean Standard Standard Mean # Valid Value 3 3 3 3 Points (µg/m ) (µg/m ) (µg/m ) Deviation (µg/m ) Deviation  25  0 2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  6.00  † ANOVA test for heterogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05 * p<0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations ** Includes data from all stations  Figure 2.34 Comparative plot for national Gasoline Vapour data set  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  7.00  ln[Gasoline Vapour Hydrocarbons]  Page D-79   Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Appendix C  Detailed Description of Methods for Analysis of Ambient Air Concentration Data Susan M. Kennedy, Sarah Henderson  Date: 6 July 2002  Contents 1  Continuously Monitored Pollutants................................................................ 1 1.1 Data requested from GVRD and Environment Canada ...................................... 1 1.2 Preliminary data handling ................................................................................... 3 1.3 Estimation of SO2 10 minute averages ................................................................ 5 1.4 Data analysis: comparisons by monitoring station............................................. 7 1.5 Data analysis: comparisons by time of day........................................................ 7 1.6 National Comparisons ......................................................................................... 8 2 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) ........................................................... 9 2.1 Introduction to the VOC monitoring network and data received........................ 9 2.2 Data analysis: VOC groups, by chemical structure.......................................... 12 2.3 Individual VOCs - initial comparisons across monitoring stations................... 12 2.4 Analysis of VOC Mixtures................................................................................ 13  Tables Table 1.1 Data received from the GVRD for stations considered relevant to the study... 2 Table 1.2 MAMU’s operating schedule on Capitol Hill................................................... 2 Table 1.3 Other petrochemically influenced monitoring stations for which data were received from Environment Canada............................................................................ 3 Table 1.4 Transformations needed to establish normality in data sets.............................. 5 Table 1.5 Days included in the data subsets for TRS........................................................ 7 Table 1.6 Stations used in national comparisons for continuously monitored pollutants. 8 Table 2.1 Number of VOC samples taken each year at GVRD air quality monitoring stations between 1989 and 2000.................................................................................. 9 Table 2.2 Details about each station used for comparison against T24 in North Burnaby ................................................................................................................................... 10 Table 2.3 Categories of VOCs measured in the GVRD.................................................. 10 Table 2.4 List of VOCs measured in the GVRD sorted by molecular structure.............. 11 Table 2.5 Compounds included in gasoline vapour ......................................................... 14 Table 2.6 Groups of compounds analyzed ....................................................................... 14  Figures Figure 1.1 Raw data as they were received from the GVRD............................................. 3 Figure 1.2 Raw data as they were received from Environment Canada ............................ 4 Figure 1.3 Mathematical model relating upper percentile values to averaging period for SO2 data at station T23 on Capitol Hill....................................................................... 6  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -i  -  1 Continuously Monitored Pollutants 1.1 Data requested from GVRD and Environment Canada The GVRD monitors ambient concentrations of several smog-causing pollutants on a continuous basis at a number of fixed locations throughout the lower mainland. These pollutants include sulphur dioxide (SO2), Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), particles with diameters 10 microns or less (PM10), and reduced sulphur compounds (TRS). Concentrations for each pollutant are averaged once per minute at the point of measurement, and the result is logged to a central computer via dedicated phone line. Minute-by-minute values are averaged once per hour and the result is stored in the GVRD’s long-term archive. All monitors and monitoring methodologies are in compliance with accepted Environment Canada practices and/or US EPA requirements. All available continuously monitored data were requested from the GVRD for eleven monitoring stations. The stations requested included all stations in North Burnaby, including those close to the neighbourhood of interest (T4, T5, T24, T52) and two stations on Burnaby Mountain (T14, T22), as well as a selection of other stations representing a range of expected pollution levels. These included residential areas (T26 in North Vancouver, T2 in Kitsilano) and industrial and traffic intensive areas (T1 downtown, T9 Port Moody). Table 1.1 summarizes the information received for each of these stations. A check mark indicates the receipt of a complete data set, including values from January 01/98 through June 30/00. A dash indicates that the pollutant is not monitored at that station. Monitoring at T5 was discontinued in May of 1999 to make possible the introduction of T24 in September of the same year, for the express purpose of monitoring emissions from the nearby refinery tank farm. Also, in an effort to address concerns of North Burnaby residents, the GVRD’s Mobile Air Monitoring Unit (MAMU) was periodically stationed on Capitol Hill (near T23) from April 1998 through March 2000. The objective was to have MAMU operating for three weeks of every quarter. Table 1.2 gives more information about MAMU’s schedule as part of the GVRD’s special monitoring project on Capitol Hill.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 1  Table 1.1 Data received from the GVRD for stations considered relevant to the study Stn.  Address  SO2  TRS  NO2  CO  O3  PM10  T1  Robson Square – Robson and Hornby, Vancouver  a  -  a  a  a  -  T2  Kitsilano - 2550 W 10th Ave. Vancouver  a  -  a  a  a  a  T4  Kensington Park - 6400 E. Hastings St. North Burnaby  a  a  a  a  a  a  T5  Confederation Park, Pandora St. and Alpha Ave, North Burnaby  to 05/99  -  -  -  -  -  T9  Rocky Point Park, Moody St and Esplanade, Port Moody  a  a  a  a  a  a  T14  Burnaby Mountain, Ring Road, SFU, Burnaby  -  -  -  -  a  -  T22  Burmount - 7815 Shellmont St. Burnaby  -  a  -  -  -  -  T23  Capitol Hill, Grosvenor Cres, North Burnaby  a  a  -  -  -  -  T24  Chevron Tank Farm Area – Eton and Madison, North Burnaby  from 09/99  from 09/99  -  -  -  -  T26  Mahon Park – 16th St and Jones Av. North Vancouver  a  -  a  a  a  -  T52  Mobile Air Monitoring Unit (MAMU), near T23 on Capitol Hill  -  -  partial  -  partial  partial  Table 1.2 MAMU’s operating schedule on Capitol Hill Operation Cycle # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  # Days in Operation 25 21 21 22 19 9 11 10 21  Start Date April 6, 1998 July 9, 1998 October 1, 1998 January 25, 1999 June 11, 1999 August 18, 1999 November 15, 1999 December 14, 1999 March 7, 2000  Stop Date April 30, 1998 July 29, 1998 October 21, 1998 February 15, 1999 June 29, 1999 August 26, 1999 November 25, 1999 December 23, 1999 March 27, 2000  Environment Canada’s National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) Network monitors the same pollutants shown in Table 1.1 across Canada (with the exception of TRS), and hourly information is stored in a national database. For the purpose of comparing results from North Burnaby to those of other urban Canadian neighbourhoods influenced by the petrochemical industry, data for the same period were requested from stations in Saint John, Montreal, Sarnia and Edmonton located in close proximity to oil refineries. Table 1.3 summarizes information about the stations and the data received:  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 2  Table 1.3 Other petrochemically influenced monitoring stations for which data were received from Environment Canada NAPS ID#  Location  Nearby Petrochemical Sources  SO2 TRS  40203 50103 61004 90121  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton  Irving Oil Petro-Canada, Shell Imperial Oil Esso, Gulf, Texaco  a a a a  -  NO2 CO a a a a  a a a  O3  PM10  a a a a  a a a  Information received from Environment Canada about the location of each of the NAPS stations suggested that station 90121 in Edmonton is the most similar to stations T23 and T24 with respect to distance from active refineries and tank farms.  1.2 Preliminary data handling Data were received from the GVRD in comma-delimited ASCII files. Figure 1.1 shows a sample of the raw data, which included nine columns of information for every observation. Columns 1,3,4,7 and 8 were either blank or contained unnecessary records, and they were discarded. In the original data most invalid values were set to -999.00 (column 6) for easy identification and all were marked with a character flag (column 9) to identify the type of error that had occurred. All negative and/or flagged values were converted to missing values for the purposes of this study. All zero values were converted to the limit of detection for the method (LOD) divided by the square root of two. Concentrations were expressed in parts per million (ppm) for all gaseous pollutants, and in µg/m3 for particulate matter.  1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8 9  Figure 1.1 Raw data as they were received from the GVRD  Data from Environment Canada were received in non-delimited ASCII files as shown in Figure 1.2 on the following page. In each row, characters 1 through 4 refer to the pollutant code (0050 for CO in this case); characters 5 through 9 refer to the station’s NAPS Network code (50103 or Montreal in this case); and characters 10 through 17 (199806--) refer to the July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 3  date. The first column of values shows the day’s 24-hour average, the second shows the day’s minimum 1-hour average, and the third shows the day’s maximum 1-hour average. The fourth column shows the first 1-hour average of the day (midnight to 01:00), the fifth column shows the second 1-hour average (01:00 to 02:00) etc., all the way to the twentyseventh column (not shown), which shows the twenty-fourth 1-hour average (23:00 to midnight). Concentrations were expressed in parts per billion for all gaseous pollutants, and in µg/m3 for particulate matter. All unnecessary information was discarded and invalid values were converted to missing values.  Figure 1.2 Raw data as they were received from Environment Canada  Data file manipulation and analysis were carried out using Microsoft Excel 2000 and SAS System for Windows, Release 8.01 (SAS Institute Inc, Cary NC). As the health effects of these pollutants depends on both the intensity of exposure (exposure level) and the time period over which the exposure extends (duration), it was necessary to compute exposure averages over several different time periods, in order to compare the results to relevant health and regulatory standards. Data sets were created only for those averaging periods for which health or regulatory standards or comparison values were available: a) all 1-hour averages (original data) b) daily maximum 1-hour averages (all pollutants except PM10) The SAS UNIVARIATE procedure was used to create this data set by returning maximum values by date for all days with 18 or more valid data points (75% complete). c) daily maximum 8-hour averages (for CO and O3) This data set was created using the SAS EXPAND procedure in combination with the UNIVARIATE procedure. All backward-moving 8-hour averages were calculated by date, and the maximum daily values were included in the data set. Averages calculated with fewer than eight data points (100% complete) were not considered.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 4  d) 24-hour averages These were created by using the SAS MEANS procedure to return daily averages for all dates having 18 or more (75% complete) valid data points. Frequency distributions were plotted for all data sets and the transformations necessary to ensure normality were determined and applied. The following Table 1.4 summarizes the transformations used. A log transformation implies that the natural logarithm of each data point was taken. A dash in the table indicates that no comparison standard was available for the averaging period; therefore no data set was created.  Table 1.4 Transformations needed to establish normality in data sets Pollutant CO NO2 O3 PM10 SO2 TRS  All 1-hour Log None Log Log* ** **  Transformation Daily Maximum 1-hour Daily Maximum 8-hour Log Log None None None Log ** -  24-hour None None Log Log Log  * Although there is no 1-hour standard for PM10, the1-hour data set was analysed to ensure thorough characterization of the pollutant using raw data. ** Data too skewed for transformation, see discussion below  1.3 Estimation of SO2 10 minute averages In order to compare the 1-hour GVRD data to 10-minute health based guidelines, the US EPA’s Mathematical Model for Relating Air Quality Measurements to Air Quality Standards (Larsen, 1971) was referenced. The complete 2½-year data set (consisting of 21281 valid data points) from station T23 on Capitol Hill was used to generate a model for North Burnaby. The ¾-year data set (consisting of 5442 valid data points) from station T24 near the Chevron tank farm was used to verify the results. An overview of the methodology follows: •  •  • •  The 1-hour data set was used to create 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, 96, and 168-hour data sets with backward-running averages in SAS. SAS was used to generate upper percentile values (100, 99.9 to 99.5, 95 and 90) for each data set. The percentile values were tabulated according to averaging period in Excel. The logarithms of the percentile values were plotted against the logarithms of the averaging time (in hours) for each percentile.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 5  •  •  •  Excel’s trend line function was used to find the least squares line of best-fit equation for each percentile. The equations were used to extrapolate 10-minute (0.167-hour) averaging period values for each percentile. These values were plotted against the percentile values to produce a smooth curve showing the relationship.  Figure 1.3 shows the results of this model.  Figure 1.3 Mathematical model relating upper percentile values to averaging period for SO2 data at station T23 on Capitol Hill  Each coloured line represents a percentile, and shows the relationship between the logarithm of the percentile’s value and the logarithm of the data’s averaging period (in hours). These relationships are numerically defined by the equations shown at the righthand side of the figure and, in general, it can be seen that a shorter averaging period results in higher values in the upper percentiles (99% to 100%). These equations were use to interpolate the upper percentile values for a 10-minute (0.167 hour) averaging period.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 6  1.4 Data analysis: comparisons by monitoring station For each pollutant data set, the minimum, maximum, arithmetic mean and standard deviation, and geometric mean and geometric standard deviation were computed for each monitoring station and displayed in tabular form. For normally distributed data (and for data that could be ‘normalized’ with log transformation) average results at the different monitoring stations were compared statistically using the SAS GLM (General Linear Model) procedure. For highly skewed data sets (ie. SO2 and TRS), statistical comparison of results across different monitoring locations was carried out by comparing the proportion of values above the relevant guidelines or health based comparison values, using the SAS FREQ procedure (and chisquared test). Where comparisons were made with data from the mobile monitoring station T52 (MAMU), only those days for which MAMU was operational were considered in the analysis. For comparisons of TRS values measured at station T24 (operational only since Sept 99), a data subset was created and analysed for only those days on which T24 was operational. Table 1.5 summarizes this information.  Table 1.5 Days included in the data subsets for TRS # Days in Operation 171 23 30 30  Start Date September 1, 1999 March 6, 2000 April 1, 2000 June 1, 2000  Stop Date February 18, 2000 March 28, 2000 April 30, 2000 June 30, 2000  Results for each pollutant from each station were also compared graphically by plotting the data over time and, because the health effects connected to these pollutants tend to be associated with peak levels, by plotting the upper percentile values (100 to 90) for each data set. Upper percentile plots were not prepared for the TRS data sets because they were rendered difficult to interpret by the high number of concentrations below the detection limit.  1.5 Data analysis: comparisons by time of day In response to the UBC research team’s request for community input, several North Burnaby residents stated that odours around the refinery are most noticeable in the early hours of the morning. In response, the time of day trends were investigated for the pollutants considered most likely to contribute to odour complaints (SO2 and TRS). As this analysis was for descriptive purposes, no statistical testing was carried out. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 7  To characterize time of day peaks of SO2 all 1-hour concentrations of 100 ppb or higher at station T23 (Capitol Hill) were sorted by the time of day at which they occurred, and a bar chart showing the number of exceedances during each time period was prepared. In order to compare station T23 to others in the GVRD, the average value for each 1-hour time interval was computed for stations T23, T9, T2 and T26. The results from T23 and T9 were plotted together to give a comparison of sites that can be considered “industrial” and T2 and T26 were plotted together to compare sites that can be considered “residential”. Because of the very large number of TRS values below the limit of detection, a different approach was necessary to investigate time of day peaks for TRS. Peak values of TRS greater than 3 ppb at stations T9, T23 and T24 were sorted according to time of day. The value of 3 ppb was chosen as it is the approximate mid-point of the odour threshold range at which it is estimated that 50% of the population will detect hydrogen sulphide odours (Amoore, 1985). The percent contribution of every hour to the total number of values exceeding the 3 ppb cut-off was computed for each station. For example, 322 of the 21297 1-hour TRS concentrations at station T9 were equal to or greater than 3 ppb. 26 of these exceedances occurred between 0:00 and 1:00 in the morning, so the percent contribution of this 1-hour period is: 26 × 100% = 8.1% 322 Thus, the proportion of all values above 3 ppb that occurred during each 1-hour time interval was plotted for each station.  1.6 National Comparisons To compare the levels of continuously monitored pollutants in the North Burnaby areas against what could be considered “typical” for a petrochemically influenced site in Canada, data from North Burnaby were compared to data from NAPS stations located near refineries in Saint John, Montreal, Sarnia and Edmonton. 1-hour averages were compared for CO, NO2, O3 and SO2, and 24-hour averages were compared for PM10. Analytical methods were the same as those described in the above sections. The stations used for each comparison are shown in Table 1.6.  Table 1.6 Stations used in national comparisons for continuously monitored pollutants Pollutant CO NO2 O3 PM10 SO2  North Burnaby T4 (Kensington Park) T52 (MAMU) T52 (MAMU) T52 (MAMU) T23 (Capitol Hill)  Saint John a a a a  Montreal a a a a  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Sarnia a a a a a  Edmonton a a a a a  Page C- 8  2 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) 2.1 Introduction to the VOC monitoring network and data received VOC monitoring in Greater Vancouver is conducted by Environment Canada (EC) with the assistance of the GVRD’s Air Quality Department. The GVRD is responsible for collecting samples and sending them to the Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) in Ottawa, where the samples are analyzed by EC technicians. Up to 153 individual VOCs are analysed (24 hour averaged values), and the data are archived in national and regional databases. Details concerning the sampling and testing methodology employed by EC can be found in a summary report written by Dann and Wang, 2001. A general overview is provided here. Before shipment to the GVRD, 6L stainless steel collection canisters are cleaned and evacuated at the ETC. When the canisters reach the sampling sites they are fitted onto whole air samplers programmed to draw ambient air into the containers at a flow rate of 1 to 2 L/min for a period of 24 hours (midnight to midnight). When the sampling cycle is complete the canisters are returned to the ETC for analysis using a high-resolution gas chromatograph and quadropole mass-selective detector. VOC samples are collected approximately every six days in the GVRD. The number of canisters available from Environment Canada limits sampling frequency at each location. On each sampling day, one of the allotted canisters is located at station T9 in Port Moody; the remaining canisters are rotated among the other GVRD monitoring stations. Table 2.1 shows the number of samples collected at various stations each year between 1989 and 2000.  Table 2.1 Number of VOC samples taken each year at GVRD air quality monitoring stations between 1989 and 2000 Station T1 T2 T4 T9 T12 T15 T17 T22 T24 T26 T27 T29 T31  Location Downtown Kitsilano Kensington Park Port Moody Chilliwack Airport East Surrey South Richmond Burmount Chevron Tank Farm North Vancouver Central Langley Hope Airport YVR  89 8 40 9 9 -  90 10 13 59 9 9 16 7 -  91 7 9 48 7 7 12 10 -  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  92 7 10 93 7 20 6 -  93 4 6 5 58 5 7 29 2 7 -  YEAR 94 95 8 7 9 9 45 73 9 9 8 7 27 29 9 7 9 9 -  96 8 9 58 10 10 26 9 10 -  97 9 9 50 9 8 23 10 9 -  98 14 2 41 7 15 12 16 3 4 5 10  99 18 43 10 21 24 10 12 18  00 20 52 9 19 20 27 17 9 20  Page C- 9  In 1999 the GVRD restructured its surveillance network and station T24 was introduced in North Burnaby for the express purpose of monitoring emissions from the nearby Chevron tank farm. The results from T24 will be compared to those from other GVRD stations to characterize VOC concentrations in North Burnaby. All VOC data from 1999 and 2000, from station T24 and the 7 other stations with data for both years (T1, T9, T12, T15, T22, T29, T31) were requested for analysis. Valid data were received for 142 individual VOCs. Table 2.2 gives information about the location of each of these stations and the factors likely to influence VOC concentrations at each station.  Table 2.2 Details about each station used for comparison against T24 in North Burnaby Station T1 T9 T12 T15 T22 T29 T31  Exact Location Robson Square, Vancouver Rocky Point Park, Moody St and Esplanade, Port Moody Chilliwack Airport, Chilliwack nd nd Surrey East. 72 Ave. and 192 St, Surrey Burnaby Mountain, 7815 Shellmont Street, Hope Airport, 62715 Airport Road, Hope Vancouver International Airport, 3153 Templeton St. Richmond  Factors likely to influence VOC Concentrations • High general traffic density • High diesel traffic density • Heavy industry • Marine traffic • TransCanada Highway • Military, small commercial and private aircraft • Port Kells industrial park • Fraser Highway • Trans-Mountain pipeline and tank farm • • •  Private aircraft Agricultural activity Commercial aircraft  Data were received from the GVRD in Microsoft Excel files that grouped the individual compounds according to their molecular structure. Table 2.3 describes the structure molecules in each category. Table 2.3 Categories of VOCs measured in the GVRD Category Alkanes Alkenes Alkynes Aromatics  Structure All carbon atoms form a single bond with all other atoms. Some carbon atoms form double bonds with other carbon atoms. Some carbon atoms form triple bonds with other carbon atoms. All molecules in this category contain a benzene ring, in which six carbon atoms are attached by a single bond to one neighbour, and by a double bond to the other (as shown here):  Halogens  Any alkane, alkene, alkyne or aromatic compound that contains one or more halogen atoms such as bromine, fluorine and/or chlorine.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 10  The 142 individual compounds are listed in Table 2.4 according to their molecular structure.  Table 2.4 List of VOCs measured in the GVRD sorted by molecular structure Alkanes  Alkenes  Alkynes  Aromatics  Halogens  2,2,3-Trimethylbutane 2,2,4-Trimethylpentane 2,2,5-Trimethylhexane 2,2-Dimethylbutane 2,2-Dimethylhexane 2,2-Dimethylpentane 2,2-Dimethylpropane (Neopentane) 2,3,4-Trimethylpentane 2,3-Dimethylbutane 2,3-Dimethylpentane 2,4-Dimethylhexane 2,4-Dimethylpentane 2,5-Dimethylhexane 2-Methylheptane 2-Methylhexane 2-Methylpentane 3,6-Dimethyloctane 3-Methylheptane 3-Methylhexane 3-Methylpentane 4-Methylheptane Butane cis-1,2-Dimethylcyclohexane cis-1,3-Dimethylcyclohexane cis-1,4-Dimethylcyclohexane Cyclohexane Cyclopentane Decane Dodecane Ethane Heptane Hexane Isobutane Isopentane Methylcyclohexane Methylcyclopentane Nonane Octane Pentane Propane trans-1,2-Dimethylcyclohexane trans-1,4-Dimethylcyclohexane Undecane  1,3-Butadiene 1-Butene/Isobutene 1-Decene 1-Heptene 1-Hexene 1-Methylcyclohexene 1-Methylcyclopentene 1-Nonene 1-Octene 1-Pentene 2-Ethyl-1-Butene 2-Methyl-1-Butene 2-Methyl-2-Butene 3-Methyl-1-Pentene 4-Methyl-1-Pentene cis-2-Butene cis-2-Heptene cis-2-Hexene cis-2-Pentene cis-3-Methyl-2-Pentene cis-4-Methyl-2-Pentene Cyclohexene Cyclopentene Ethene (Ethylene) Isoprene Propylene trans-2-Butene trans-2-Heptene trans-2-Hexene trans-2-Pentene trans-3-Heptene trans-3-Methyl-2-Pentene trans-4-Methyl-2-Pentene  1-Butyne 1-Propyne Ethyne (Acetylene)  1,2,3-Trimethylbenzene 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene 1,2-Diethylbenzene 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene 1,3-Diethylbenzene 1,4-Diethylbenzene 2-Ethyltoluene 3-Ethyltoluene 4-Ethyltoluene Benzene Ethylbenzene Hexylbenzene Indane iso-Butylbenzene iso-Propylbenzene m and p-Xylene n-Butylbenzene n-Propylbenzene o-Xylene p-Cymene sec-Butylbenzene Styrene tert-Butylbenzene Toluene  1,1,1-Trichloroethane 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane 1,1,2-Trichloroethane 1,1-Dichloroethane 1,1-Dichloroethylene 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene 1,2-Dibromoethane 1,2-Dichlorobenzene 1,2-Dichloroethane 1,2-Dichloropropane 1,3-Dichlorobenzene 1,4-Dichlorobenzene 1,4-Dichlorobutane Benzylchloride Bromodichloromethane Bromoform Bromomethane Carbon Tetrachloride Chlorobenzene Chloroethane Chloroform Chloromethane cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene cis-1,3-Dichloropropene Dibromochloromethane Dibromomethane Dichloromethane Ethylbromide Freon11 Freon113 Freon114 Freon12 Freon22 Hexachlorobutadiene Tetrachloroethylene trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene trans-1,3-Dichloropropene Trichloroethylene Vinylchloride  The concentrations of individual compounds are measured in µg/m3. Concentrations will be expressed in ppm (parts per million) where the conversion between the two units can be accomplished with the following formula: concentration in µg/m 3 × 24.45 ppm = × 1000 molecular weight of the compound (g/mol)  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 11  Nationally archived data from monitoring stations in Saint John, Montreal, Sarnia and Edmonton were requested for the purpose of comparing VOC concentrations in North Burnaby to those in other urban, petrochemically affected areas. Data for January 1998 through December 2000 were received from EC in Microsoft Excel files with slightly different formatting than those received from the GVRD. To ensure that local and national files were analysed with the same algorithms, the data from EC were re-organized to match those from the GVRD.  2.2 Data analysis: VOC groups, by chemical structure Daily ambient concentrations for each individual compound in each of the 5 structural groups were summed to generate 24-hour average concentrations for total alkanes, total alkenes, total alkynes, total aromatics, and total halogenated compounds. Frequency distributions were plotted for each of these 5 data sets and natural log transformations necessary to ensure normality were applied. Data file manipulation and analysis were carried out using Microsoft Excel 2000 and SAS System for Windows, Release 8.01 (SAS Institute Inc, Cary NC). For each combined data set, the minimum, maximum, arithmetic mean and standard deviation, and geometric mean and geometric standard deviation were computed for each monitoring station and displayed in tabular form. For the log transformed data average results at the different monitoring stations were compared statistically using the SAS GLM procedure. Results for each pollutant group from each station were also compared graphically by plotting the data over time.  2.3 Individual VOCs - initial comparisons across monitoring stations As an initial screen for the 142 individual VOCs, the 1999 and 2000 annual average values for each compound from the North Burnaby station (T24) were compared to the annual averages from each of the rest of the GVRD stations to determine whether there were groups of compounds not elevated (compared to other stations) that could be excluded from further review. For the purposes of this comparison, an ‘expected’ background residential outdoor concentration was computed as the 2-year average value (for each compound) from the following three monitoring stations: Chilliwack (T12), East Surrey (T15), and Hope (T29). (In the analysis for grouped compounds described in section 2.2 above, average ambient concentrations at these three stations were typically the lowest values and did not differ significantly from one another). July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 12  2.4 Analysis of VOC Mixtures In order to compare the available ambient monitoring data to health based comparison values for gasoline and light jet fuel mixtures, it was necessary to estimate the total vapour concentrations of gasoline and jet fuel mixtures in the North Burnaby area (at station T24). This was accomplished using two sources: one based on the constituents of liquid petroleum mixtures and one for gasoline vapour. Data for the major individual constituents (by mean percent weight) of petroleum product mixtures, including 146 compounds found in liquid gasoline and 70 found in liquid jet fuel were obtained from Appendix D of the Toxicological Profile for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (ATSDR). Comparison of the ATSDR lists to the GVRD list showed that concentrations of compounds accounting for approximately 85% and 80% (by weight) of liquid gasoline and jet fuel, respectively, are measured in the GVRD. Data regarding the major constituents of gasoline vapour was taken from a research study carried out by McDermott and Killiarny (Quest for a Gasoline TLV - see references in main report) in which percent contributions to vapour composition (by volume) and standard deviations were calculated from 95 samples that were collected and analysed for the express purpose of estimating an appropriate gasoline occupational exposure limit. Table 2.5 lists the 21 compounds included in gasoline vapour (from this paper), their respective boiling points and proportionate contribution to gasoline vapour. All compounds with mean volumetric contributions less than 0.5% were omitted from this list [McDermott & Killiarny, 1978]. These 21 compounds accounted for 92% of total gasoline vapour and each of these compounds is included in the monitoring data available. Although this research was carried out before the benzene content of gasoline was regulated in Canada, the average contribution of benzene (by volume) in the gasoline mixtures measured in the study was 1%, with a maximum of 3.5%. Canadian regulations currently restrict gasoline content to 1% on average, with a maximum of 1.5% (CEPA, Benzene in Gasoline Regulations, 1999), and to a yearly pool average concentration of less than 0.95% benzene by volume (Waste Management Act Cleaner Gasoline Regulation).  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 13  Table 2.5 Compounds included in gasoline vapour  Alkanes  Alkenes  Aromatics  Compound  Boiling Point (ºC)  Propane n-Butane Isobutane Isopentane n-Pentane Cyclopentane 2,3-Dimethylbutane 2-Methylpentane 3-Methylpentane n-Hexane Methylcyclohexane 2,4-Dimethylpentane 2,3-Dimethylpentane 2,2,4-Trimethylpentane Isobutene 2-Methyl-1-butene cis-2-Pentene 2-Methyl-2-butene Benzene Toluene Xylene (all isomers)  -42.1 -0.5 -11.7 27.9 36.1 49.3 58.0 60.3 63.3 68.7 71.8 80.3 89.8 99.2 -6.9 31.2 37.0 38.6 80.1 110.6 142.0  TOTAL volume  Gasoline Vapour Composition Mean Volume (%) Standard Deviation 0.8 38.1 5.2 22.9 7.0 0.7 0.7 2.1 1.6 1.5 1.3 0.4 0.7 0.5 1.1 1.6 1.2 1.7 0.7 1.8 0.5 92.1%  1.1 5.7 1.9 6.1 4.0 0.7 0.5 1.3 0.9 0.9 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.1 1.7 1.8 0.4 1.3 0.6  The North Burnaby (T24) ambient concentrations for all compounds contributing to liquid gasoline, liquid jet fuel and gasoline vapour were summed across measurement dates, and the results were assumed to approximate the ambient concentrations of those mixtures. Table 2.6 summarizes information about each VOC mixture analysed for this report.  Table 2.6 Groups of compounds analyzed Group Total of Compounds in Liquid Gasoline Total of Compounds in Liquid Jet Fuel Total of Compounds in Gasoline Vapour  Description Includes 42 alkanes (ethane omitted), 28 alkenes (ethene and propene compounds omitted) and 24 aromatic compounds. These represent approximately 85% of liquid gasoline by weight. Includes 41 alkanes (ethane and propane compounds omitted) and 24 aromatic compounds. These represent approximately 80% of liquid JP-4 by weight. Includes 14 alkanes, 4 alkenes and 3 aromatics, which represent approximately 92% of gasoline vapour by volume. Refer to Table 2.5 for further details.  For each of these three ‘petroleum fuel mixtures’ combined data sets, statistical and graphical analysis was carried out using procedures identical to those described in section 2.2 above. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 14  References Amoore JE. (1985). The perception of hydrogen sulfide odor in relation to setting an ambient standard. Olfacto-Labs, Berkeley, CA: prepared for the California Air Resources Board. Dann, T. & Wang, D. (2001). Speciated VOC Trends in Canada 1992-1999. Proc. of the AWMA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2001.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page C- 15   Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Appendix B  Comments and Suggestions from Community Residents  Date: 6 July 2002  Summary: We received 165 responses to our request for community input via mail, email and fax. The majority of respondents chose to make comments and/or suggestions about the study, and these are shown below in their entirety. Names, phone numbers, and other similar information has been removed to ensure privacy. The comments spanned a wide range of opinion with most expressing some degree of concern about refinery emissions. Comments were useful to the researchers by providing observations about when emissions from the refinery, especially those resulting in odour, were felt to be worst. Other comments were helpful by mentioning specific health outcomes that concerned neighbours. The most frequently expressed concern was about potential impacts on respiratory health and allergies. Many people commented on deposits on their vehicles and elsewhere on their property that they believe had originated from the refinery. Community comments (verbatim): 1.  It smells around here a lot of the time! We take our dog for walks down the inlet and often see what looks like oil seeping from the ground on the path. Have you ever thought of checking air quality in the middle of the night? We can be awakened by the stink.  2.  I am a senior who has lived in this area since 1956. Things are better now than they used to be, but I don't like to hear about this last MBTE spill and the water. I often feel that they are emitting small amounts of SO2. It has become worse for residents since smoke stacks were raised. Often on weekends in the evening they burn off something that burns with a bright pink flame. What are the health risks of continued long-term exposure to low levels of SO2 in the air?  3.  There is one permanent emissions monitoring station at Harbour View Park and another mobile station around. Who monitors these? I would like to see it analyzed and monitored by an independent source. Not the refinery. Not the municipal government. I have experienced headaches from the smells created by Chevron. It's particularly bad early in the morning. I cannot open the window to let in fresh air. I believe someone should take a close look at the ecology around and in the site.  4.  It's disgusting how the GVRD, Environment Canada, Van Port Commission and Burnaby municipal government have ignored this problem and put money ahead of the health of Burnaby citizens. The air has a funny odour, like leaded gas, especially at nights and very early in the morning. It doesn't smell as strong in the daytime, which makes us suspicious if the refinery is release emission into the atmosphere at nights when everyone is indoors and asleep.  5.  Maybe you should do a study to see how many people who live in the area suffer from diseases indirectly related to air emission. E.g. asthma, cancer, other respiratory problems and compare it to other places that don't have a refinery. Just curious to see if there is a higher incident of disease in this area compared to like West Van. Who is on committee? Deadline for report? What will be done with the report? Will the refinery make things  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-1  better? (eliminate - not delay) 6.  Often a smell of rotten eggs or oil in the air. Once there was a shower of dust that came into the whole neighbourhood. I would like to see all the area cleaned for better environment of water, animals, etc.  7.  From what I have learned Chevron has never met air emissions regulations for clean air. They should move to the USA border or better still Texas.  8.  A refinery in a residential neighbourhood makes no sense. They're going to clean up their MTB's by polluting Burrard Inlet.  9.  There have been reports of leaks of chemicals in the oil refinery. Certainly these chemicals are hazardous and lethal to the environment, animals and human beings. We also catch foul smells when breathing, every now and then. And feel discomfort in the respiratory system.  10. We hope the GOVERNMENT will introduce special laws to control air emission and operations of the oil refinery. We just ask for cleaner air and good health. 11. During daylight hours smoke from their stack is white - after dark smoke is very dark why? Is there emission coming out at might that are not during the day? 12. Greasy air substances necessitate every 6 months power washing out vinyl outdoor decks. Even this cannot remove the substance. We are one block from the refinery. I have (several times) seen an oily surface on the water in the ditch along Penzance Avenue which carries quite fast flowing water off the slopes of Capitol Hill and Confederation Park. Since moving to this area 8 years ago I have had many recurrent eye-nose allergies intense irritation and blockages - these frequently begin to occur around 3am. No previous problem. No confirmation of the cause but I'm suspicious of the circumstances. Infrequent but strong smells seem to originate from the refinery. "Bad gas" odour untraceable to any other known source. Often worse in the summer Thanks for your concern. 13. This is what comes with over population I guess! I have lived 4 blocks from the refinery for 40 years. I used to dust my patio furniture (normal dust) - now and in the last 2 decades it is black soot, which we are breathing in. Whether this has to do with emissions of other pollutants or both who knows. 14.  You should check out the wind patterns. It also blows in around Capitol Hill and it is foggy east and west of the hill and clear to the south. We have lived here on Capitol Hill since 1971 and very, very rarely have smelled or heard anything.  15. I have absolutely "NO" concerns with regard to possible health effects from this refinery! 16. I have resided at the same address for 49 years - raised my family of six healthy children July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-2  there and have toured the refinery. I feel some individuals are making unnecessary noises about emission for public attention! I am sure the management of the refinery are aware of the rules in this municipality. 17. How long is the study? Do you need input from people living in this area re: health problems? Where are you getting your info? I haven’t been asked anything and I've been here for 26 years. 18. Rhododendrons (some species) in my garden have spots that appear to be pollution-caused rather than organic. I have problems with congestion (in sinuses?) that disappear when I leave the hill. 19. Spend time on vehicle emissions instead of a single oil refinery. If you don't like the area move out. The refinery has been here since 1935. 20. There is a lot of soot/dust that collects on our deck and roof and skylights. There are a lot of emissions from the asphalt plant across the inlet in North Vancouver and near the 2nd narrows bridge. I have called the GVRD many times about bad air quality and black smoke emissions from Chevron and the asphalt plant. You should check the GVRD air quality complaints here for this area for the past five years. We have lived here 10 years 21. The communications strategy needs less "spin" and more honest responsibility expressed to have credibility. Let's fact it - the place is old and they have no idea what will break next. Does the project remain separate from the other pollution measuring projects being undertaken by the company and the local government? Is there project intercommunications and record keeping? 22. I am interested to know what the volume of spent catalyst that is released in the air. Whether the Nickel contained in it is biologically absorbent. As well if the volume has been reduced say from 5 years ago - before they claim to have upgraded the stack and the ability to remove particulate. Because there are many long time residents in this area - if any there are releases that are accumulative if so your study needs to tell us what the effects are and what symptoms if any should be watched for. 23. Lived in Nbyb - Very close to the refinery for around 15 years. 4 adults. Health issues for 3 suffer from repeated depression. All seem to suffer A LOT from forgetfulness. May or may not be related BUT - I wonder how many people would THINK to tell about forgetfulness. I think a more specific questionnaire further down the line may be more helpful. I am now a stay home mom of 2 children ages 22 months and 5 years. As young people are USUALLY MORE susceptible to things and since all 3 of us spent 99% of our time only blocks from the refinery we'd be MOST INTERESTED in ANY and ALL proven or unproven suspicions to health concerns. Please keep us informed. Good luck and thank you. 24. They may be polluting under the cover of darkness. My friend lives higher up the hill on July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-3  Delta Street and says that it stinks more at night whenever she sleeps with the windows open. We lived here since 1993 December and it seems to me that they don't small as frequently as they used to. We are a family of 5 and we are all in good health. My main concern is for my 9 year old boy with (mild) asthma…how bad or dangerous will it be for him if the refinery were to have a big accident? Thank you for doing this project. 25. Chevron is simply the wrong business to have in a residential neighbourhood. They do try to fit into the neighbourhood, but the result (bad pollution) of their business upsets the people. They probably don't realize it, but the appear secretive and as money moguls to the people of North Burnaby. 26. As a life long resident I'm not concerned with the health risks from this refinery. 27. Chevron should be checked for the air quality and safety to the neighbourhood more often. These check-ups should be done unannounced to chevron (surprise check-ups) so we can find out what else they (Chevron and Government) are trying to cover up! (Re: water contamination found by two high school students in May 2001) 28. We live right above the chevron refinery and we get all the smells and noises. H2S smells and nitrate gas fumes. They smell worse on foggy days. The big flame from the stack vibrates our house and black smoke from it goes with the prevailing air currents. We were here when the refinery was built and over the years as they have expanded the pollution has become worse; as long as they are here there is no solution. 29. Chevron is the best thing in our area. We have lived here for a long time, no complaints. I think a lot of the people have been misled by BRACE. You could not ask for better neighbours. Go bother someone else. Why chevron is being picked on is just political. Someone wants points. Get a life. It’s the same old thing; a few people want to make a name for themselves, like now we have (Drs) from UBC. This is the best place to live because of Chevron. Can't you find a better cause (e.g. drugs, poverty). You could live in my home and you would never know they were here. 30. When we moved to Burnaby over 30 years ago we were aware of the refinery. There were times the odour was bad but it has improved. We are not complaining. The people making complaints are ALL new residents that also knew of the refinery. Why did they choose to stay? Some of these people are barbequing with a stench that is greater than the refinery. The refinery was here first and I feel they are doing whatever they can to improve the air quality. The complainers should move. I'd rather have the refinery than high rises that block our view. 31. How polluted is the ground water? Tank farm area inclusive. How often do they vent the storage tanks or refinery? I live nearby the tank farm and I can small rotten eggs and other odours. Are the tanks leaking? Is MTBE still used as an additive? 32. Glad to see research is being done. We need to be sure industry does what is necessary to July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-4  make this a liveable community. 33. Don't know enough about this matter to be able to comment intelligibly! I am a retired person, but I am interested in the results of your research. 34. Should research hybrid vehicles (gas and fuel cells). Encourage more biking. Have small competitions for biking/walking around Nbyb to boost community support. 35. I have noticed several days where cars and everything else are covered by fine yellow powder. Only once was there any acknowledgement of these emissions from Chevron. 36. The frequent odour coming from the refinery has been causing us nausea and headaches. We are forced to keep our windows closed tight even on beautiful warm summer nights (or days). We seem to find the odour stronger at night?! I know people and friends who lived in this area that died from lung cancer (never smoked) and suffered from Parkinson's disease. We are worried the emissions are toxic and slowly poisoning us. Especially affecting ours lungs and brain. We would like to see the Nbyb refinery relocated to a less populated area as soon as possible before more damage is done to our health and environment. We understand the refinery was here before us, but people's health is more important. The refinery should be compensated to relocate. 37. More and more young families are moving into the area - how will these air emissions affect the kids? I am concerned. Prime waterfront property in the centre of the lower mainland is used as a refinery - this area should be publicly owned and used as park/beach land by the public. If offered the right price would Chevron move? We need to hear solutions and ways we can contribute to positive change in this area. What can we, the average concerned resident do to help against the fight for a better future? 38. I am not sure if the emissions relate to the smell but the strongest smells happen at about 3am. 39. We live across from Chevron. 2 long time residents died of cancer. Our cat who used to go down to Chevron died of cancer. The frogs who used to be in our yard every year disappeared last year. That's all I know except that I get an awful lot of colds. 40. Sometimes the air smells bad, sometimes no. Once there was a "yellow cloud" on the road. My brother complains when he cuts the hedge. He says there's some residue of something that makes him sneeze and eye itchy. 41. My neighbours and I can smell something in the air, something different and not very pleasant from the refinery whenever the air pressure around us changes. Since this place is populated and the numbers continue to increase I would like to see this refinery move to a less inhabited place. 42. There seems to be little cooperation between Chevron and Burnaby Municipal Council re July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-5  spills, leakages, etc. Talk to the City's department to get info on spill history and disclosure problems. Chevron sends out a PR letter to neighbours every few months and is a major funder in the local school (Gilmore Elementary - computers etc). You should check on what they are telling residents about your project. Federal MP Sven Robinson has also conducted inquiries and public meetings and met with local advocacy group. 43. Is there any way that a local, daily public testing system can be set up to warn resident about harmful emission levels as they happen (for asthmatics, etc). Please make all your findings public. 44. We are concerned about the impact. Since I came to North Burnaby I have regularly swept a film of black soot off the patio. My first compliant to Burnaby City Health Dept. was met with "that just goes with living in a city with industrial production". 45.  We smelled some strange smell outside my house most of the time. I think that smell may come from the refinery. I think we need someone to talk to the refinery company to do something to reduce this air emission.  46. We love this beautiful land. Keep it clean and protect our health. Refineries should have pollution control in place. The air is hard to breathe in this area. 47. The refinery is safe enough or not? In case of fire on it is it easy to extinguish the fire and not affect adjacent residents? The air emissions from the oil refinery are harmful to humans and pets or not? 48. There are times (which is often) when I go out in the morning I see yellow coloured dust on the cars surfaces. Other times. Late at night, there is a strong gasoline odour in the air. I wonder if there is anyone out there who monitors these emissions. Please check and investigate these emissions before any serious health problems occur. 49. We have lived on Capitol Hill for the past 21 years. Every Friday evening we can small something noxious and unbearable coming from the hill on the north side where the Chevron refinery is located. Many neighbours complain of the same thing. No one complains on weekends, though. But the pattern starts again on Mondays. The monitors that GVRD set up seemed not to have any effect on improving the situation. 50. I live in the area mentioned and walk the scenic and confederation trails nearly every day to get away from the exhaust emissions of automobiles. Quite often we are disturbed by strong refinery emissions. We suggest that the refineries are required to upgrade the filtration system of the air and ground. 51. Would you put the information in relation to other industry emission from Chevron, whatever you are measuring. Vs Canadian Oxy Vs Burrard Thermal Plant Vs Autos/Trucks in the lower mainland. Are you going to be doing any historical health trends on citizens in the area vs. other areas? July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-6  52. The smell is strong and it seems that when I walk near the tanks (McGill Park) I can smell it all the time - every day. The smell is often strongest at night. The city of Burnaby, the province and the Feds should have some control - not just "make recommendations'. The latest MTBE still is a classic chevron move. Thanks for this. 53. Living on Capitol Hill I see only 1 air monitoring station. Is there any way to track the Chevron emission to see where they land according to season and the prevailing winds? Chevron's arrogance and persistence on hanging on in this area is intolerable to the majority of residents. Their noise pollution is almost deafening. They simply need to move! 54. Just one question: The oil refinery has been in place for many years, how come the sudden interest? Also, what will be done if there is a health risk? This is a great way to involve people in their interests around the neighbourhood!! Thank you! 55. I have often had occasion to get up in the middle of the night and have noticed emission from the refinery. After I had my car covered in small glass-like particles over a year ago (apparent they were cleaning out a holding tank and these particles escaped) I have been very sceptical of anything that they release. This of course is worsened by the environmental agency in Victoria apparently working hand in hand with Chevron to give them time to clean up this groundwater mess. We don’t have time for being sick. 56. The smell of gasoline/diesel fumes are often in the neighbourhood. Hope you will also consider the impact on animals. 57. Occasionally the air in the neighbourhood stink bad! Usually late at night. I think that is very sneaky. We know where the stink comes from. We're not stupid! They will never get the public's trust by pulling this crap. I wish they would move. I know they are polluting the air and the water. For the last year I have boiled all my drinking water. Corporations like Chevron will never get public support, trust or sympathy, no when they treat the public like unimportant nobodies. I believe they think they are God. 58. Air quality is very poor in the North Burnaby Area. I cannot do Taiji outdoors because I can smell gas lead. Once I even phone BC Hydro and said my house has gas leak but they cannot find leakage and said it must be from Chevron Refinery. I don not think Chevron refinery should expand if they cannot fix the air quality problem. 59. There should not be any further expansion of this refinery. 60. Air quality seems to me to be worsening i.e. I can smell gasoline where I live (a kilometre away) more often - especially in the early morning. Smells are stronger closer to Chevron. 61. We have been subjected to strong odours in the night time, strong enough to be awakened from sleep. This would happen periodically, there have been more in the last 2-3 months. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-7  In the past we could call and report incidence of air quality. This has been eliminated as services to people are cut. 62. The cleaner the air, the happier I am as I have allergies and asthma. With all the extra cars on the road because of the bus strike the air is more polluted. I have not noticed too much of a problem from shell oil - only Chevron and Imperial Oil. 63. My son developed an asthmatic cough after we moved into the neighbourhood…after extensive isolations of the variables (the 5 causes of asthma) we've concluded that his cough was related to air pollution. Also - all residents in this neighbourhood cannot grow tomatoes out in the open. The leaves are too tender for the rain - the turn yellow and die. But if you grow them under a frame (Poly or glass - no rain) they thrive. Also there exists a study of the Port Alberni pulp mill and asthma occurrence in children in proximity that may be of interest. 64. People have to go to work and you know how inadequate the public transit is. Therefore people need to use their cars and we hear nothing but the terrible contribution cars are making to air pollution. We are told to cut down on the use of our cars. Do car-pools, aircare testing, fuss, fuss. Does anyone know how much air pollution is the oil refinery causing? Can you measure the air emission from their chimneys, storage tanks, loading docks? Each car is driven perhaps one hour of the day. The Chevron operation is on 24 hours a day. Cars need to be tested annually - how often is the refinery tested? When they don't meet the required standard do we suspend their license? And I get a terrible headache whenever the wind blows my way from the refinery. 65. There have been reports of leaks of chemical in the oil refinery. Certainly these chemicals are hazardous and lethal to the environment, animals and human beings. We also catch foul smells when breathing every now and then, and feel discomfort in the respiratory system. We have heard government will introduce special laws to control air emissions and operation of the oil refinery. We just ask for cleaner air and good health. 66. Why does the refinery always emit nauseating smells between midnight and early morning? We cannot have our windows open because of the odour during those times. I live […] literally 3 houses from the refinery tanks. I would like more info mailed to us when any changes or information comes available. 67. Whether the population is affecting health. When we go out for a walk in the Confederation Park we can smell the "rotten egg" all the time, both in the mornings and evenings. Long-term solution - the refinery should be re-located in somewhere where less people are affected. Move to a remote area. 68. We can even smell the "rotten egg" smell as far as Brentwood Mall area. We are tired of hearing problems/accidents all the time. The refinery should be re-located to some remote areas. It seems that they only fix the problems when accidents occur. Wonder about the long-term affect on health to the residents. The bad smell is noticed even really early in the July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-8  morning or late at night. 69. Why don't you leave Chevron alone? Do you realize it is the only operating refinery in the lower mainland? I have lived in North Burnaby since 1928 (2 blocks from the refinery). Burnaby "Now" is in my opinion. Seems to pick on Chevron for a cheap headline. 70. Clouds of water vapour from the refinery cooling towers constantly pour over the Capitol Hill area. Is this water treated or does it contain microorganisms detrimental to health and environment? We have lived on the Hill for 50 years. Our house is white. We originally had to wash and repaint every 10 years. We now have to wash with bleach every year and repaint every 5 years. Is this caused by refinery emissions? 71. Sometimes we smell gas along with the wind. There are a lot of dusts and a mixture of powder of yellow and black colour along in the air. 72. We often smell the stink of Chevron in our neighbourhood. I also walk in the trails near Chevron's refinery and it always smells of gas. We live just on the Vancouver side of Burnaby. 73. To the "Project Team": thank you very much. 74. I was not concerned about the refinery, except for the smell. That all changed when the refinery recently admitted to contaminating the soil with MTBE. Until independent studies revealed the contamination, the refinery did not, and would not own up to anything that appeared controversial or would cause them to accept responsibility for their actions. I do not trust the refinery, and I believe that they must be monitored by an independent agency (and a non-governmental body - the various levels of government have shown that they are incapable of monitoring or policing the refinery). 75. We want to know more as to how does it affect our health and life of being so close to it. If it'll lead to long-term health problems what should we do? 76. Several times in the past 2-3 years (late at night) there have been large blow offs - some form of emission. These are mostly a noise problem for us. We have on a somewhat regular basis smelled in the morning. Burnaby city has not been stringent enough with each new expansion permit - Chevron is still flaring a lot of tail gases, etc. 77. What about other businesses on Burrard Inlet that are located further West on the North Shore and on the East side of the Inlet. What pollution comes from them? Is the plant at the end of Penzance Drive contribution to the overall picture of pollutants? If so, how much and what are they? 78. Are you aware of the noise pollution that the refinery makes? The sound of this refinery is like a dishwasher running 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. We live right in the line of the refinery on top of Capital Hill. We have lived here since 1956 and the refinery is getting July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-9  louder. We also get (once in a while) soot on our sundeck from the refinery and we wonder how healthy can this be? We live by a green belt and a lot of trees seem to be dying. Could this be because of the refinery? 79. The microclimatology of the region is variable, especially between the top of Capitol Hill and its Ease side. The top of the hill often remains clear of pollution while the slopes are subjected to higher amounts due to a variety of factors: 1 - The katabatic-type winds that flow out of Indian Arm are usually channelled between Capital Hill and Burnaby Mountain. This causes pollutants to move southward across Hastings Street. This movement, if it occurs during the early morning, sometimes develops a fog over the land. I don't think this is cause by advection, but probably by mixing. 2 - I've also seen fog spiral along the bottom slopes of Capital Hill in an almost 360 degree pattern. This usually occurs on clear fall nights and probably during radiation inversions/. This air pattern moves pollution from one side of the hill to the other (I'm not sure which direction). 3 - As the refinery on the East side of Capital Hill has reduced its productivity the number of days with fog has dropped. I hope you will position enough monitors to establish a true picture of the local climate patterns, both horizontally and vertically. There are many retired homeowners in the Capitol Hill area. You might consider training some of them to make daily weather observations. 80. I would like to see regular monitoring of not only air emissions, but the soil and water environment surrounding the area used by Chevron refinery. We commend any work that will focus attention upon activities which may have a negative impact upon our health and environment. Thank you. 81. Kindly be advised that the refinery often released sickening and smell gases at night into the atmosphere. The water around the refinery in Burrard Inlet was often found to be contaminated. We do not think the Refinery is effective in controlling air and water contamination to the environment around it. 82. I am a 23 year resident of the neighbourhood. I would like to be part of the study and receive any information available on a regular basis as to the progress of the team. 83. Living here since 1963 on the North side of Capitol Hill at the end of clearing leading down towards the refinery the noise and emission of the plant hit us before everyone else. Lately we have to move our bedroom into the basement or be leaving the house completely. The pollution of the plant is so strong that we have trouble breathing and tears in our eyes. Noise and emissions have greatly increased in the last few years. Noise and emissions mainly start at 9pm lasting until daybreak. Weekends very little, indicating a different refining process. Monitor on top of Capitol Hill. Wrong locations - should be around Harbour View Road. Our house acts as a noise barrier. We are afraid of increasing the production of this plant because the conditions are worsening. I phoned the supervisors at night about (?) times at night. For instance last night (23 July 2001) the shift supervisor even listened at shortly after 12 o'clock to the noise at our bedroom window and admitted the noise comes from the refinery and is too loud. For years we heard the answer of our July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-10  complaints "WE ARE WORKING ON IT". 84. Air often has an odour, especially in the early morning and evenings. Many Capitol Hill children have nosebleeds. Concerned about poor communication - hiding facts from the public. My children are at risk for health issues. Refinery should not be in such a populated area. I work and live in this community. Something MUST be done. 85. Maybe more accurate reports. No fudging of facts by refinery. We live here. 86. It is good to see an independent team looking at the issue. 87. We suspect Chevron has been discharging very fine (<<1mm) oily particulates into the air as cars in our neighbourhood have been covered with tiny blackish-brown spots. These spots smear into a brown oily streak when scrubbed. They cannot be removed easily and must be mechanically buffed off of the cars. I know Chevron has been discharging large amounts of CO gas into the atmosphere when the quantity of gas is over the design limit of the CO boilers of when the CO boilers are off-line. It was evident by the humming and whistling noises heard by Capitol Hill residents at night during 1995/996. Chevron has admitted to discharging very find sand (claimed to be clean) into the atmosphere. This left cars in the North Burnaby/Capitol Hill neighbourhood covered in sand. The Naphtha smell is much worse at night. This may be due to atmospheric effects but it could also be due to Chevron venting their tanks at night. This should be investigated. Our experience with Chevron has shown them to be evasive and irresponsible. What are the expected results of the fuel additive, soil and water table, contamination clean up? What levels of contamination are irreversible? In which areas? We would like to know how our health, long-term and short-term, is being affected by all Chevron's discharges-into the atmosphere, on local properties, in the soil and water table, and into Burrard Inlet. How did the soil/water table in Confederation Park get contaminated with Chevron's controversially cancer-causing fuel additive when it is uphill to the storage tanks? Since water never travels uphill, how did it contaminate the soil in Confederation Park? Diffusion? We would like to know ALL the chemicals, especially chlorinated organics that Chevron has released into the environment, their toxicity and the exact amounts that have been released. Further, what is the safe exposure level of each, if any? What level of exposure will children be subjected to by playing on the contaminated soil in Confederation Park? What potential impacts can such exposure have on those with weakened immune systems, including allergies? With regards to soil contamination, we would like to know whether plants, grown for good, could contain or even concentrate these contaminants. What impact will Chevron's effluent discharge have on local marine pollution? In terms of air quality and soil contamination what is the radius, from Chevron, affected by such contamination? An exact specification by street and block would be appreciated. 88. I believe the study should also consider the hydrocarbon and other emissions from the trucks (tankers) travelling the corridor to the refinery. All takers are vented to allow fumes to escape as the fuel heats up in the tank (particularly of interest in the summer). Good luck. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-11  89. Contact Pietro Calendiro (former NDP MCA) and Svend Robinson (former MP). Also, there is a team of residents who have formed an action group to address problems with the air quality and ground pollution. Advice Chevron to stop the "good neighbour" approach it's demeaning to residents who realize that Chevron cannot control the chemical pollution caused by all but a perfect refinery, which doesn't exist… Given that Chevron's storage tanks have not been regularly checked, what steps will be taken in the future to prevent another such undetected spillage? Which arms-length entities will be responsible for ensuring that Chevron conducts business in an environmentally and socially sound manner? A period report, at least twice annually to the community would be a minimal expectation. 90. My car is covered with dust/ash in the mornings and my swimming pool is always needing cleaning because there is a silt on the bottom that is so fine it goes through my pool filter, even when I vacuum the pool. I'm sorry, but this CANNOT be a good thing. 91. To whom it may concern: I have lived in the North Burnaby/Capitol Hill area since 1956 […] I note two things about this area: 1 - It lies directly South of the Shell Refinery (now inactive, but operation during the time I lived there and well into the 80's I think). The area is in a valley between Capitol Hill and Burnaby Mountain. 2 - Up to the late 80's to early 90's I know of 6 women in a 1 block radius of my home who developed breast cancer. That coincidence seems rather high to me. Is this is the sort of "possible health effect" that you might be interested in? Call me if you need more information… 92. My father died in 1997 from cancer. He was a smoker. My mother passed away last month, she did not smoke but the strange thing was the way their cancer spread was so similar that it makes me wonder how environment played a part. I moved into my parents house in October 22,2000 and shortly after my one year old daughter developed asthma related symptoms, she needed an inhaler. We moved out in March 2001 and she has not needed the inhaler since. I truly believe it was due to the environment. 93. There is a lot of grit that settles on our patio and lawn furniture. 94. I have often noticed a gas/oil type of smell which seems quite localized to the area of Penzance Drive, next to the miniature railway. Sometimes it is over a much larger area, but it is if often present at that one location. Is this for academic purposes or because someone feels existing regulations are inadequate or not enforced? 95. I have lived in this neighbourhood for almost 50 years. There has been a definite improvement in fewer odours. There continues to be unpleasant doors (especially) at night. Respiratory problems were prevalent in family members who lived here in the past. C.O.P.D, asthma and bronchitis. 96. Check the night emission. Check the grounds within 1/2 miles of the refinery - at certain times (when it's hot for a few days) smells come up through the ground and sewer. Even in July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-12  the house. 97. We definitely do not want Chevron to expand their refinery in this beautiful neighbourhood, particularly if there are any health concerns. We would like to have as much info as possible. They do not belong here. 98. There is often a smell and/or a thick haze late at night or early in the morning. We tell our young people to be responsible. Chevron is telling us "not us". We need more responsible corporate companies. 99. Has the BC Cancer Agency conducted a survey to indicate the number of people affected by cancer and where they reside? Is there higher incidence in North Burnaby? 100. Regular foul smell in the area. Gasoline-like seepage from ground at junction of Penzance trail and neighbourhood trail behind the miniature steam railway. (map included). We welcome your study. 101. My husband and I moved here in the fall of 2000. We have been sick ever since with colds, bronchitis, sore throats, chest pains and (myself) anxiety attacks. We lived in Coquitlam and would get a cold maybe twice a year. Please keep us updated on the cleanup and water/air quality. Thank you. Please look up information of MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and environmental diseases as we feel we may have developed this since our move. 102. In the past few years since I've lived in this area, my husband and I have both developed odd coughs, intermittent. Mine sometimes wakes me at night. I never have it anywhere else. I had thought it must be the house (I had the dust cleaned, etc) but no real changes. Now I wonder if there's any connection to the refinery? 103. There is a nauseating smell emitted from Chevron every now and then. Any flyers/mailouts delivered to the door should be bilingual (English and Chinese). There is an increasing concentration of new Chinese immigrants in North Burnaby. 104. While I am concerned with air quality I am also concerned with dangers from environmental damage through negligence and mismanagement. As well, where is the power and accountability of regulatory bodies? 105. Your survey is about air quality and emissions; I assume this includes particulate emissions. I have a vegetable garden at my house about a dozen blocks from the Chevron refinery - I have often wondered whether my garden is contaminated by airborne pollutants from Chevron and the other refineries along the waterfront. Will you be testing the soil? I have lived in this area since 1992. Some nights, especially in summer, there is a bad smell (like cat pee) that I believe comes from the stacks when they turn up the heat to clean them out. I'm told this is usual for refineries. However, other nights (not often) I walk outside and there is a quality to the air that gives me a light headache within minutes. It's not a July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-13  smell exactly, but I am aware that something unusual is in the air. It doesn't become hard to breathe, but I'm aware of the process of my breathing during this time. Sometimes I just leave the neighbourhood until it clears. I have no idea what this is and I've never found anyone else who knows what I'm talking about. I am wondering whether your study will uncover other people who have this reaction, and whether it is related to something at the refinery. 106. I am 45 years old, and was born and raised in the Capitol Hill area, where I still live. My son (age 20) has autism and my daughter (age 17) has epilepsy. I obviously have no idea if this is related to anything in the environment, but the fact that both my children suffer from a neurological disorder makes me wonder. 107. During the summer months, I often wash my van in the driveway. The following morning I find a thin film of yellow dust on the windows sufficient to write my initials in it. I presume that this dust collects as result of a sulphur emission from a refinery. 108. Our large patio for the last few years has so much dirt on it we have to paint it every year. We are on Capital Hill. We face the west side. I do not know if it has anything to do with Chevron refinery. Or it is coming for the sky. It is very costly to do every year as we are pensioners. 109. It's a turn-off! It smacks of racism! Why do you print your Community Response Form in one additional (seemingly Asian) language? Burnaby has a sizeable Italian-Canadian population, all integrated (NOT assimilated), and mostly fully bilingual italian-english. Without a common language--English in this province--it's a racial timebomb! The solution is not--and academics from a university surely know this--to cater to those unwilling to immerse, but rather stimulate the wish to integrate lingually as well. What you are doing is resented by many that have otherwise no racial axe to grind! And it all distracts from your objective: soliciting input! 110. Frequent emissions at night. On a perfectly clear night there will be a cloud over Chevron. Cloud is always accompanied by odour. Odorous emissions occur frequently at night. Often commented on by our guests. Provide us with a Phone # or web site that we can report such incidences right away. 111. There are certain areas in the neighbourhood where the odour is much stronger than others. We don't often smell it very strongly at our house, but it is sometimes very strong in Confederation Park and certainly on the trails north of the park (by the miniature railway) and the trails near the tank farm. We have occasionally called the phone number provided by BRACE (Burnaby Citizens Against Chevron Expansion) to report the smell when it has been strong at our house. Network with the various other community groups who have been working long and hard on this issue. I'm very concerned about air quality in my neighbourhood, for myself and my children. Thanks. 112. THERE IS ALWAYS SOME SMELL OF GAS DURING EVENING THERE MAY BE July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-14  SOME SET OF IN THE RESDIENTAL AREA TO COLLECT TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT TO HUMAN LIVES. 113. I have lived in this area for 12 years: Typically twice every year I experience the following: 1) A yellow sulphur like substance covering our home and decks. Sometimes an apology letter from the Chevron refinery comes too but this now has little meaning given the repetition of the problem; 2) Odours that are oil like in nature. I have a request, rather than a suggestion. I would like you to find out how to stop the yellow substances being emitted and to provide this to residents of the area and to Chevron, with costs, etc. I would like this to be in the form of a more "bullet proof" plan rather than what they can attempt to do. I assume that Chevron is attempting to avoid this but not with any real or solid plan (perhaps because they don't want to pay the money). Of next importance I would want to see the odours discontinue. No other comments, just a question. I wonder how independent your group is - i.e. who is funding your project. I realise the funding source does not have to influence the outcome but in my experience it often does. 114. Yes, I have lived in this area for 5 years and am one of the victims of the toxic emission. Here is some info you might be interested in: 1. A couple of residents near our neighbour died by cancer (including my landlord- lung cancer). I had severe headache when the emission smell come to my window when I am sleeping. My throat was very sore, too. 2. The emission sometimes happened in the midnight or early morning, when people in the sound sleep and were not aware of. Suggestions: 1. Recruit me as one of your research members since I have 20 years of experience of toxicology and human health. I have medical education and obtained a Ph.D. in environmental science from SFU in 1998. I was thinking about this project for very long time and am glad it is happening. I would like to send you a resume if you are considering this possibility. 2. There are a group of people regularly walking in the Confederation Part, in the morning, or walking the trail along the refinery site in the evening. Morning is the time most emission happens and evening some spots have stronger smell than other place. I believe some health research should be done from this group. 3. Monitoring the emission very carefully, specially in the midnight and early morning. Analyse the chemicals that may cause the cancer, such as MTBE, PAH, PCB and other VOS, not just the dust, SO2 & NO2. Start as soon as possible. The problems are: 1. Local residents are very naive about the toxicity of the emission and some of them are not very sensitive of the smell, which might be the potential risk for them. 2. The company (in Richmond?) doing the routine test does not test the carcinogens like PAH and so on. 3. The government and company fool each other and them together fool the residence about the truth. 4. We need to set up some kind of alarm system to warn neighbourhood to shut off the window if the toxic air coming out of the factory, if this situation will continue. I have to shut off my window all night. 115. The response form is too general to be of any use. Do you want information about the health of people living in this area or about what emissions people may have noticed (seen, heard or smelled?). I'd like to help but I'm not clear on the purpose of your study. Is it to warn people about potential health risks? To advise the municipal and provincial government on risks to the people of North Burnaby because of the Chevron Refinery? Or July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-15  is it a report for Chevron to show its interest in being a more responsible neighbour? 116. Is there a possibility that Chevron is releasing "whatever" into the air in the wee hours of the night/morning when most people would be unaware of it? We have smelled something in the early morning on occasion but have not called the GVRD environmental line about it. We have called GVRD during the day or earlier in the evenings when we have smelled noxious doors. Suggestions: Check the GVRD files for people who have called regarding smells in the air and follow up with calls to them. I've not been happy with the way the GVRD environmental 24hour phone line works and would be willing to discuss this with your project team if you think it may pertain to your study. 117. There is often a smell of gasoline around the trails that run by the refinery and the tanks. Many in the neighbourhood believe that the refinery pollutes more at night. It would be interesting to know if this is true. 118. 1. I have a very sensitive nose and when the wind is unfavourable the fumes/emissions bother me quite a bit. I normally sleep with the bedroom window open and sometimes the smell of the fumes awakens me usually very early in the morning. I immediately get up and shut the window, then return to sleep. 2. My landlord living in this house died of cancer last January. A neighbour a few doors down also died of cancer a while ago. Suggestions: 1. The team should conduct air quality measurements further away from the plant - say 500 metres or more, dependant on prevailing wind, of course. 2. A thorough study of health histories and statistics including a survey of area resident’s health should be included (note cancer stats above mentioned). 3. Perhaps the effects of the emissions/fumes from Chevron are more serious than anyone imagined and a far more extensive, thorough and longer term study should be funded. Personally it seems totally obvious to me that a petroleum refinery is completely incompatible with residential land use and such industrial use should never be located anywhere near residential neighbourhoods, especially near children and pregnant women! Other comments: It is high time this situation is looked into by credible researchers. Perhaps I should mention that one of my housemates is an Environmental Toxicologist with a PhD in Environmental Biology and a Masters in Aquatic Toxicology as well as a medical degree. She would be happy to participate in your study if her skills would be useful. 119. Congratulations on this excellent initiative. 120. In the past Chevron has been less-than forthcoming about any issues to do with air quality. Occasionally they have issued advisories, and in one recent instance they offered to clean the cars of North Burnaby residents after emission of some air-borne pollutant by the refinery. Any data supplied by them is likely to be suspect. Strategic placement of airquality monitoring stations in the Capitol Hill area is necessary in order to obtain objective data. There is an active group of Burnaby residents under the banner C.A.R.E. (Citizens Against Refinery Expansion) that may be able to provide you with information. We are very pleased to see this initiative and will support it in any we can. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-16  121. Air currents are such that there seems to be a sulphurous smell fairly frequently in the "Heights" area West of Capitol Hill. I have only experienced very occasional odours. One is a smell similar to burning wax (like a paraffin candle) which occurs only during the nighttime - (under cover of dark when most residents are sleeping). I have also noticed a smell like diesel fuel on a couple of occasions. I have lived here for 5 years and would say that I have personally smelled the waxy smell about ten times and the diesel smell three or four times. Thanks, I have two toddlers. It is reassuring to know that the Chevron oil refinery, the Shell Depot and the Tran Mountain Terminal are under observation and analysis. 122. Could you please provide a description of the research in progress, and include the reason for it? Then one can know better how one can be of help. 123. I have never had allergies in my life and I'm 54 years old. Now I'm always having problems with my eyes watering and nose running and nose bleeds. I have lived in the area since December of 1999. Suggestions: I don't know enough about the emissions to make an informed suggestion for the problems that may exist. 124. I believe you have all the required information by now. Suggestions: Will you set up a monitoring station to track the air emissions from the refinery? There have been major and minor problems arising from this refinery. I am not happy that the refinery company plays down the possible danger and risk on North Burnaby residents. We should do something to prevent a major disaster. 125. Too new here to have much of use. Often notice 'petroleum smell' while out running beside tank farm. Suggestions: I am very wary of any data provided by Chevron. They have not shown themselves to be forthcoming with accurate data recently! They withheld positive test results of MTBE, and even told the media that their tests produced negative results. I see no reason why they would choose to provide accurate data for what could be a potentially damaging report for them. I hope they are not providing the bulk of the data, or that you have some way of verifying it. I'm VERY much looking forward to your results. 126. Hello. I live in North Burnaby area for last two years. Prior to this I was living in east Vancouver for 10 years. In both neighbourhoods with the wind blowing from right direction, we get this foul smell similar to the smell of fumes escaping from gas tank when I fill up my car at the gas station (I use chevron gas stations). Some times it was so intensive almost choking. If you need more input please contact me. 127. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, Graves Disease and Thyroid Eye Disease in September 1999. The doctors didn't know what caused it and said that I had had it for some time. I've often wondered if the refinery could have had a part in it. My neighbour down the road, who has recently passed away, also had thyroid disease. His house is directly across from the refinery. He had lived there for years. I have lived here since 1973. Suggestions: Is there a high rate of thyroid disease in the area or downwind from the July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-17  refinery? I read that MTBE is known to specifically affect the thyroid. 128. Be glad to answer any questions you may have. I've lived in North Burnaby for over 10 years now. 129. I hope that one day soon the refinery will be shut down before we have a major disaster happen or an earthquake that could cause an explosion at the plant causing severe environmental damage and the loss of lives in and around the refinery. The recent information that came out about the spills of dangerous chemicals (benzene and MTBE) and Chevron's attempt to cover-up the spill and downplay its impact. Their continual attitude of disregard for the environment and the people of North Burnaby is troublesome. I hope that your study is non-biased and will be made public and brought to the attention of the print and television media so that more people can become aware of these issues. 130. I have experienced nausea and headache at times when emissions are most noticeable. I think that anecdotal information needs to be gathered from residents to help serve as markers for possible refinery related health problems. Suggestions: Don't get sucked in to Chevron-speak. When they say incident it means accident, they say smell, I say emission. When communicating with public don't call a toxic waste dump a land farm. It would be helpful for you to make a questionnaire for residents asking specific questions you need to have answered to fulfill your mandate. Finally if you have any influence at all get that idiot Miles of the chevron commercials. Good luck with your project. 131. There appears to be more fumes in the summer. Suggestions: To study the effects of the emissions on human bodies, such as lungs, skin, etc. To study the effects of the emissions on other wildlife. 132. The fumes are often their worst in the morning between 5 and 7 in the area to the West of the Willingdon Chevron facility. People who are out during these hours may have more exposure. Suggestions: Just a wish, do a good job. 133. While my family and I do not live within the project boundaries, we spend a lot of time inside of them. And notwithstanding the occasional press about the refinery, I have never noticed the existence of the refinery. My other comment is if people are so concerned about their health and living near the refinery, why are they living there in the first place? If they feel it is a health hazard, then they should move. Personally, I feel that the so-called "high-occupancy lanes" on Hastings Street are more of a health hazard than the Chevron refinery. 134. I power walk several times a week along the Trans Canada Trail between Willingdon and Boundary. Most days I can smell something near the plant, sometimes more, sometimes less. I know that if there's a smell, there are molecules in the air that my nose is perceiving. What I don't know is whether any of those molecules at however many parts per billion are harmful. If so, breathing deeply at an elevated rate might be causing more harm than benefit. I assume you folks know what you're doing. I certainly wouldn't! I'll be very July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-18  interested to see what you find. 135. We often notice odd smells when we're in the area of the Chevron plant. Although the emissions may be officially safe, it's still pretty obvious that there are hydrocarbon molecules in the air. Don't rely on pollution report data from the GVRD! When we called to report a particularly noxious, acrid door, we were we were told that no one else had reported anything (implication: it's all in your head; go away and stop bothering us). We live right on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby. However, we are more oriented toward North Burnaby than Vancouver. We do most of our local shopping in North Burnaby, and my husband's jogging route takes him past the Chevron plant. We just bought a house in New West and are moving next month, but we've been in the Vancouver Heights area for more than four years and would still like to participate in your survey, if you think we have information you could use. 136. I can't say I notice a refinery smell all that often, although sometimes it's very apparent. At night you can smell the NV dump too, which is way more obnoxious. But I'm glad to hear that this is being looked into, as most people that live in the city are not always aware that the smells of the city directly affect our health. I get my share of smog since I bike to BCIT 5 days a week. I'm interested to hear of the results of your research. 137. Over the nearly six year period of our residency in the effected area we have smelled several very strong odours, occurring about 6 – 10 times per year. The odours can be described as: "sulphurous"; "acidic"; "sour-methane". The absence of prevailing wind conditions seems to be a factor. Also, we report an increase in respiratory infections and complaints among the family of two adults and two children as compared to our previous residence in East Vancouver. Residents of the effected area as defined by the committee, should be offered the opportunity to voluntarily keep a family health log with a particular focus on respiratory and bronchial complaints. 138. I have lived in this house for 15 years. I have been home all day since mid 1995. When I had to go downtown to work all week, I didn't notice much. But now, I find that there are many days when I can't go outside. In 1997 during the 3 months of dry weather, I had a cough that lasted from July to Sept. I ended up getting chest x-rays at Burnaby General. There was nothing wrong with me, just the bad air here. Suggestions: Send out a questionnaire. I'm sure that people would like to speak out. 139. The oil refinery smell emanates constantly in our neighbourhood. Also, there is a terrible odour of rotting garbage that is prevalent in the evenings. It may, however, be coming from a different source. I can't keep the windows open. 140. I live near Willingdon and Hastings. I have found that the odour in my neighbourhood is a maximum in the very early morning. Say 4-5am. In fact I cannot sleep with my window open because the smell wakes me up. I think that Chevron intentionally releases as much as it can at that time to get away with big emissions while people sleep. During the day, the smell can only be detected a block or so from the plant. Suggestions: If you want to detect July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-19  air emissions get up early! I consider your research area to be very important. Personally I think Chevron should be boycotted. Thank you. 141. I will forward some material to you. Suggestions - do sample personal interviews, interview doctors in the area (Hastings; Gilmore), Longitudinal studies of asthma in schools in North Burnaby compared to schools elsewhere (Gilmore; Confederation park, for example). We are very concerned about the long term effects on health from the emissions from the oil refinery; we are also concerned about accidental emissions, fire, earthquake and lack of emergency preparedness in case of serious accidents; we would like to know what the health consequences are for those who live in the vicinity of a refinery; we would also like to know how the refinery could reduce health risks. 142. We live west of the tank farm/refinery, one block east of Boundary Road. While looking for a house in North Burnaby in 1989, we consciously made a decision to live west of the refinery (upwind) rather than living on Capitol Hill (too close to or downwind of the refinery) or further east (e.g. east of the, now, mothballed Shell Refinery). On occasion (not very often) we do get the odd door smell from the refinery especially if the prevailing winds are coming from the east...they get reported to City of Burnaby Environmental Health Department. This tends to happen during the winter when we get the bad winter storms coming from the northeast. We know friends who live closer the tank farm...a couple of blocks to the south and west who tend to get stronger vapour smells...this has been an issue in the past. We have 3 female children ranging in age from 6 to 11. We have not noticed any overt health issues related to living in proximity of the refinery. Suggestions: **what is the impact of Chevron's flare stack. I understand from news articles from Alberta that flare stack gases are an issue and that Alberta's regulations are not as tough as Texas. **what will be the scope of the area's residents health assessment be? Other than a survey....will blood/hair samples be collected from a random sample of residents in the study area? **suggest trying to match any "immediate" resident health issues/complaints with Chevron's problem events that have happened over the past 12 months. **some senior citizens have been long time residents of this area...suggest you focus on them (a work colleague who was brought up in North Burnaby and whose parents still live here told me story's – circa 60's and 70's -- about area residents having to wash their cars numerous times during the week to keep the particulate matter from the refinery off the cars. Other than getting this via e-mail from a co-worker who lives in the neighbourhood and whose husband works at TRIUMF...this is the first I have heard of this study. 143. The chevron refinery often emits terrible odours into the air. We are not sure whether it is harmful. Some mornings my husband and I wake with mild headaches. When we open the door, we often smell odours from the refinery. Chevron has not been upfront with their neighbours in North Burnaby. We also have a lot of sooty dust deposited on our house and porch. 144. Good luck...I'm hoping for a fair, objective assessment! July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-20  145. It seems that every time Chevron blends gas or moves gas at the tank farm, the gas doors are very noticeable. Apparently, Chevron can slow down these processes to reduce the vapours emission - why can't they do this automatically rather than waiting for complaints? Can you research this aspect? I hope the air pollution is not as harmful as it is obnoxious to smell and inhale. 146. We need to have a written commitment from whatever level of government of how Chevron will be monitored for its emissions and how Chevron will be forced to comply with acceptable health standards. I am so pleased that you are researching the potential health effects. Thank you. 147. At certain times, you can smell a strong door from the Refinery / Tank Farm through out the neighbourhood. I would be interested in knowing how long it will take before the report will be available. 148. Monitor refinery emissions at night! Over the last 25 years I have observed that the smell and obnoxious odours are most intense in the early hours after midnight when most people are asleep and I have just returned from late shift work. Try to convince refinery management that honesty is the best policy. I know they (management) would view that last line as a joke. I assure you I am not joking. Thank you.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page B-21   Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Appendix A  Terms of Reference  Susan M. Kennedy, Ray Copes  Date: 6 July 2002  T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F B R I T I S H  C O L U M B I A  School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Faculty of Graduate Studies 3rd Floor, 2206 East Mall Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z3 Tel: (604) 822-9595 FAX: (604) 822-9588  Air Emissions from the Chevron Burnaby Refinery Human Health Impact Assessment Terms of Reference January 17, 2001  Investigators:  Susan Kennedy, PhD, Professor Ray Copes, MD, Adjunct Professor UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Introduction UBC researchers will undertake a human health risk assessment focusing on the potential impact of current air emissions from the Chevron Burnaby refinery on the health of north Burnaby residents. These terms of reference have been developed by the UBC research team and approved by a project advisory committee consisting of representatives from MELP, Environment Canada, GVRD, Simon Fraser Health Region, Chevron Canada, the City of Burnaby, Burnaby School Board, and community members. The project advisory committee's role is to provide input and advice to the UBC research team, to approve the terms of reference for the project, to provide one vehicle for obtaining stakeholder input into the project as it develops, and to receive the final report.  Project Goal The overall goal of the project is to perform an assessment of the potential human health impact of current air emissions (scheduled and unscheduled) from the Chevron Burnaby refinery, tank farm, and associated facilities, based on health and exposure information available in the scientific literature and existing exposure data in and around the Chevron Burnaby facility and the surrounding community. If the initial assessment indicates that further data need to be collected in order to characterize some of the risks to human health, a proposal outlining the specifics of such work will be prepared for review by the project advisory committee. July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page A-1  General Approach Conventional risk assessment methods will be used, as recently elaborated in the Risk Estimation component of the consensus guideline, CSA - Q850 Framework for Risk Management(1). These methods are based on the 1983 US National Research Council report "Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process"(2). This approach is also essentially the same as that recommended by Health Canada in their 1999 draft document, Canadian Handbook on Health Impact Assessment.(3) Exposure assessment will be based primarily on existing site-specific monitoring data, augmented by information available in the scientific literature on similar operations. Health information will be obtained through a comprehensive literature review (using MEDLINE, TOXLINE, NIOSHTIC, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management, and publicly accessible government databases such as the US DOE Risk Assessment Information Systems, and EPA Integrated Risk Information Systems), meetings with stakeholders, public agencies, and others who may have data or site-specific information relevant to the study. Information sources will be clearly identified in all reports. It is expected that the final comments on potential human health impact will take one or more of the following forms: • • •  estimates of the expected extra number of affected persons (for a given disease or symptom), compared to what would be expected for a similar community without a refinery the probability that a local resident would develop a specific disease or symptom over and above that expected for a similar community without a refinery estimates of the size of the "margin of safety" between current exposures and those known to be linked to disease or symptoms.  Sources of uncertainty and the possible range of the risk estimates will also be identified. Limited probabilistic modeling of exposures will be carried out to create 'best estimates' of exposure and health risks as well as the range of risk estimates (ie. 'worst case' and 'best case' estimates). Findings will be summarized as much as possible in non-technical language, and general recommendations made where appropriate.  Process In order to carry out the risk assessment, the UBC research team proposes to undertake the following specific work: 1. Review data from all ambient and personal air monitoring conducted in the community surrounding the Chevron North Burnaby plant and inside the plant gates in the past 5 years.  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page A-2  The members of the project advisory committee agree that all available original monitoring data will be made available to UBC for this review (including that from the GVRD, Chevron, MELT, Environment Canada). 2. Review relevant ambient and personal air monitoring data from the published scientific literature based on studies of refineries or other similar facilities and make an assessment of the relevance of these data for the current project. To facilitate the evaluation of data obtained in this step, UBC researchers will review detailed information about specific products (received, processed, shipped), processes, emissions, and site-specific activities of the Chevron Burnaby operation. The project advisory committee members agree to make this information available to the research team. 3. Review existing toxicology and epidemiology information from the published scientific literature with specific reference to SOx, volatile organic compounds, total reduced sulfur, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, ozone, and other substances (esp. additives and byproducts) that may become apparent during the review of products and site-specific activities. 4. Combine and interpret information gathered from the review of health literature review and exposure data to do the following: a) comment on the anticipated added human health impact of exposures to the selected air contaminants at the levels currently present, and / or b) identify what additional information needs to be collected locally in order to determine whether or not there are likely health impacts.  Scope This project focuses on current air emissions of relevance to residents located in close proximity to the Chevron refinery and storage facility. Priority will be given to those substances and processes associated with the highest levels of community and regional health department concerns. Scheduled and unscheduled emissions refer to planned and fugitive emissions that occur in the course of day to day operations and includes accidental emissions that could reasonably be foreseen based on past occurrences. The project does not address potential soil or water contamination nor significant accidental air emissions from catastrophic events. Further, it does not cover the social, economic, or general health benefits associated with the Chevron Burnaby refinery operations.  Reporting At the conclusion of the project, a draft report will be issued by UBC to the advisory committee and input sought. UBC will consider the input from the project advisory committee; however, the contents of the final report will be controlled by the UBC researchers. Peer review will be obtained by UBC on the report prior to its release as a public document. The final report will July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page A-3  remain the property of the UBC investigators. The final report will be released by UBC to all stakeholder groups represented on the advisory committee.  Research Team Members Sarah Henderson, Research Engineer Sonia Na, Research Scientist Anne-Marie Nicol, Risk Communication Scientist Colin MacKay, MD, Community Medicine Resident  References (1) Canadian Standards Association. CAN/CSA-Q850-97. Risk Management: Guidelines for Decison Makers. Etobicoke: Canadian Standards Association, 1997. (2) US National Research Council. Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process. Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1983. (3) Health Canada. Canadian Handbook on Health Impact Assessment (Draft Dec 1999). Health Canada.  Advisory Committee Members Name  Organization  Judy Marshall  Burnaby Residents Against Chevron Expansion (BRACE)  Guenther Krueger  Community Resident  Peter Borwein  N Capital Hill Neighbourhood Association  Bob Innis  Chevron Canada Ltd, Manager Supply Division  Dipak Dattani  City of Burnaby, Manager, Environmental Engineering  Nancy Harris  City of Burnaby, Councilor  Mondee Redman  Burnaby School Board, Trustee  Adam LaRusic  Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region  Silvano Padovan  Greater Vancouver Regional District, Air Quality Department  Ray Robb (Chair)  MWLAP, Head, Environmental Management Section  Lloyd Phillips  MWLAP, Environmental Protection Compliance Officer  Nadine Loewen  Simon Fraser Health, Medical Health Officer  July 6, 2002 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page A-4   Air Emissions from the Chevron North Burnaby Refinery Human Health Impact Assessment:  Final Report  Susan M. Kennedy, Ray Copes, Sarah Henderson, Sonia Na, Colin MacKay  Date: 6 July 2002  Contents 1 2  Executive Summary ...................................................................................... 1 Introduction ................................................................................................... 7 2.1 Context ................................................................................................................ 7 2.2 Development of Terms of Reference - Project Advisory Committee................. 7 2.3 Objectives............................................................................................................ 8 2.4 Background: What is Risk Assessment?............................................................ 9 2.5 Issue Identification ............................................................................................ 12 2.6 Estimation of the Population at Risk................................................................. 13 3 Pollutants Monitored Continuously (PM10, SO2, O3, NO2, CO, TRS)........... 14 3.1 Exposure Evaluation Methods .......................................................................... 14 3.1.1 Data Requested from GVRD and Environment Canada........................... 14 3.1.2 Data Analysis ............................................................................................ 16 3.1.3 National Comparisons ............................................................................... 17 3.2 Health Assessment Methods ............................................................................. 18 3.3 Pollutants not Elevated in North Burnaby: PM10, NO2, O3, CO ...................... 19 3.3.1 Carbon Monoxide...................................................................................... 19 3.3.2 Nitrogen Dioxide....................................................................................... 20 3.3.3 Particulate Matter (PM10).......................................................................... 21 3.3.3.1 PM10 Concentrations After Catalyst Release of April 2000.................. 21 3.3.4 Ozone ........................................................................................................ 23 3.3.5 PM10,O3,NO2,CO: Summary.................................................................... 25 3.4 Sulphur Dioxide ................................................................................................ 27 3.4.1 SO2 Exposure Guidelines or Objectives.................................................... 27 3.4.2 SO2 Exposure Evaluation .......................................................................... 27 3.4.2.1 All 1-hour Concentrations..................................................................... 27 3.4.2.2 Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations ............................................... 30 3.4.2.3 24-hour Averages .................................................................................. 31 3.4.2.4 Time of Day Comparisons .................................................................... 33 3.4.2.5 National Comparison - 1 hour Average Concentrations ....................... 34 3.4.3 SO2 Health Impact..................................................................................... 36 3.4.3.1 Health Assessment Methods ................................................................. 36 3.4.3.2 Results: Review of Findings from the Scientific Literature................. 37 3.4.4 SO2 - Risk Assessment.............................................................................. 48 3.4.4.1 Critical Effect Relevant to North Burnaby Residents ........................... 48 3.4.4.2 Quantitative Estimate of the Impact of Short-Term SO2 Peaks............ 48 3.5 Total Reduced Sulphur Compounds (TRS) ...................................................... 53 3.5.1 TRS Exposure Evaluation ......................................................................... 53 3.5.1.1 All 1-hour Concentrations..................................................................... 53 3.5.1.2 Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations ............................................... 54 3.5.1.3 Time of Day Analysis ........................................................................... 56 3.5.2 TRS Health Impact.................................................................................... 57 3.5.2.1 Methods................................................................................................. 57 3.5.2.2 Results ................................................................................................... 57 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  i -  4  5  6 7  8 9  Volatile Organic Compounds: Exposure Data............................................. 60 4.1 Methods............................................................................................................. 60 4.1.1 Introduction to the VOC Monitoring Network ......................................... 60 4.1.2 Data Analysis: ........................................................................................... 61 4.2 Results ............................................................................................................... 63 4.2.1 Groups and Mixtures of Compounds ........................................................ 63 4.2.2 Individual Compounds .............................................................................. 68 4.2.3 National Comparisons ............................................................................... 68 Volatile Organic Compounds: Health Impact .............................................. 69 5.1 Methods – Review of Existing Health Information .......................................... 69 5.1.1 Individual Volatile Organic Compounds .................................................. 69 5.1.2 Mixtures of Volatile Organic Compounds ................................................ 70 5.2 Results – Potential Health Effects of VOC Exposures ..................................... 71 5.2.1 Individual VOCs – Overview.................................................................... 71 5.2.2 Compounds with Ambient Levels Above Health Comparison Values..... 77 5.2.2.1 Trimethylbenzene (all isomers)............................................................. 78 5.2.2.2 1,3-Butadiene ........................................................................................ 80 5.2.2.3 Benzene ................................................................................................. 83 5.2.2.4 Bromodichloromethane......................................................................... 86 5.2.2.5 1,2-Dichloroethane................................................................................ 88 5.2.2.6 1,4-Dichlorobenzene ............................................................................. 90 5.2.3 Other Individual VOCs of Concern to the Community ............................ 92 5.2.3.1 Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) ................................................... 92 5.2.3.2 Iso-octane (2,2,4 Trimethylpentane) ..................................................... 94 5.2.4 VOC Mixtures ........................................................................................... 95 5.2.4.1 C5-C8 Aliphatic Fraction ...................................................................... 97 5.2.4.2 C9 –C16 Aliphatic Fraction .................................................................. 98 5.2.4.3 C6-C8 Aromatic Fraction...................................................................... 98 5.2.4.4 Gasoline Vapour.................................................................................... 98 5.2.4.5 Other Petroleum Mixtures................................................................... 102 5.3 Quantitative Risk Estimate: Cancer Risks from Benzene and 1,3-Butadiene. 103 Metals Potentially Associated with Petroleum Plants................................ 106 6.1 Manganese....................................................................................................... 106 6.2 Vanadium ........................................................................................................ 107 Health Impact of Refinery Emissions in Other Communities..................... 109 7.1 Methods........................................................................................................... 109 7.2 Results ............................................................................................................. 110 7.2.1 Studies Examining Cancer Outcomes ..................................................... 110 7.2.2 Studies Examining Other Health Outcomes............................................ 111 7.2.3 Summary of Findings from Other Community Studies .......................... 112 Limitations................................................................................................. 114 References................................................................................................ 116  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  ii -  Tables Table 2.1 Population of the study area............................................................................. 13 Table 3.1 Data received from the GVRD for stations considered relevant to the study.. 14 Table 3.2 MAMU’s operating schedule on Capitol Hill................................................. 16 Table 3.3 All 1-hour CO data........................................................................................... 19 Table 3.4 Daily maximum 8-hour CO data..................................................................... 19 Table 3.5 All 1-hour NO2 data ........................................................................................ 20 Table 3.6 24-hour NO2 data ............................................................................................ 20 Table 3.7 All 1-hour PM10 data....................................................................................... 21 Table 3.8 24-hour PM10 data ........................................................................................... 21 Table 3.9 All 1-hour O3 data ........................................................................................... 23 Table 3.10 Daily maximum 8-hour O3 data .................................................................... 23 Table 3.11 24-hour O3 data ............................................................................................. 24 Table 3.12 Summary of 24-hour O3 data ........................................................................ 24 Table 3.13 Environment Canada and GVRD air quality objectives ............................... 26 Table 3.14 SO2 - Published air quality guidelines or health comparison values by averaging period........................................................................................................ 27 Table 3.15 Summary of all 1-hour SO2 data ................................................................... 28 Table 3.16 Number of 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines ..................................................................... 29 Table 3.17 Daily maximum 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines ..................................................................... 30 Table 3.18 Dates of exceedances at station T23 (Capitol Hill)....................................... 31 Table 3.19 Summary of 24-hour average SO2 data......................................................... 31 Table 3.20 24-hour SO2 averages meeting or exceeding federal objectives ................... 32 Table 3.21 Summary table for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations ................................ 35 Table 3.22 Number of national 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines ..................................................................... 36 Table 3.23 Controlled human experiments examining pulmonary effects of exposure to SO2 ............................................................................................................................ 41 Table 3.24 Epidemiologic studies of community air pollution (24 hour average levels) with reference to SO2 impacts on health ................................................................... 44 Table 3.25 Epidemiologic studies of community air pollution (long term average levels) with reference to SO2 impacts on health ................................................................... 46 Table 3.26 Expected number of persons with asthma* in study area .............................. 50 Table 3.27 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria 54 Table 3.28 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria, comparing only those days when station T24 was operating.................................... 54 Table 3.29 Number of Daily maximum 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various standards ....................................................................................................... 55 Table 3.30 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria, comparing only those days when station T24 was operating.................................... 55 Table 3.31 AQOs for TRS in British Columbia and Alberta .......................................... 57 Table 4.1 GVRD / EC VOC monitoring stations, 1999 and 2000 .................................. 60 Table 4.2 Groups of compounds analyzed ....................................................................... 62 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  iii -  Table 4.3 Summary table for Total Alkanes .................................................................... 63 Table 4.4 Summary table for Total Alkenes .................................................................... 64 Table 4.5 Summary table for Total Alkynes .................................................................... 65 Table 4.6 Summary table for Total Aromatics................................................................. 66 Table 4.7 Summary table for Total Halogens .................................................................. 67 Table 4.8 Elevated compounds by structural category .................................................... 68 Table 5.1 Volatile Organic Compounds: comparison of North Burnaby ambient concentrations to health comparison values.............................................................. 72 Table 5.2 Health comparison values, compounds elevated in North Burnaby ............... 77 Table 5.3 Summary table for Trimethylbenzene (all isomers)......................................... 78 Table 5.4 Summary table for 1,3-Butadiene – Regional Comparison ............................. 80 Table 5.5 Summary table for national 1,3-Butadiene – National comparison................. 82 Table 5.6 Summary table for Benzene ............................................................................. 83 Table 5.7 Summary table for Benzene – national comparison ........................................ 85 Table 5.8 Summary table for Bromodichloromethane..................................................... 86 Table 5.9 Summary table for 1,2-Dichloroethane............................................................ 88 Table 5.10 Summary table for 1,4-Dichlorobenzene ....................................................... 90 Table 5.11 Summary table for Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)................................ 92 Table 5.12 Approaches to evaluating health impact of VOC mixtures ........................... 96 Table 5.13 Summary table for all C5 to C8 aliphatic compounds ................................... 97 Table 5.14 Summary table for Gasoline Vapour.............................................................. 99 Table 5.15 Summary table for national Gasoline Vapour data set................................. 101 Table 5.16 Input values for quantitative risk estimations .............................................. 104 Table 5.17 Excess cancers attributable to benzene ........................................................ 104 Table 5.18 Excess cancers attributable to 1,3-butadiene ............................................... 104  Figures Figure 3.1 Location of monitoring stations used anywhere in this report (excluding those closest to the refinery) ............................................................................................... 15 Figure 3.2 Location of monitoring stations in North Burnaby near the refinery ............ 15 Figure 3.3 1-hour PM10 concentrations in April 2000..................................................... 22 Figure 3.4 24-hour PM10 averages in April 2000 ............................................................ 22 Figure 3.5 Comparative plot for 24-hour O3 averages .................................................... 25 Figure 3.6 Average levels of Ozone, CO, NO2, PM10, comparing residential monitoring stations (values of CO are too low to appear on the chart) ....................................... 26 Figure 3.7 Comparative plot for all 1-hour SO2 concentrations....................................... 29 Figure 3.8 Comparative plot for 24-hour SO2 averages.................................................. 32 Figure 3.9 (a & b) Comparison of the time of day averages at residential and industrial stations....................................................................................................................... 33 Figure 3.10 Number of times the 1-hour SO2 concentrations at station T23 exceeded the UBC suggested 10-minute guideline during each hour of the day ........................... 34 Figure 3.11 Comparative plot for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations............................ 35 Figure 3.12 Estimated upper percentile values for SO2 for a 10-minute averaging period at station T23 on Capitol Hill.................................................................................... 49 Figure 3.13 Comparative plot for all 1-hour TRS concentrations................................... 53 North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  iv -  Figure 3.14 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour TRS concentrations ............. 55 Figure 3.15 Time of day trends in the 1-hour TRS data at stations T9, T23 and T24 .... 56 Figure 4.1 Comparative plot for Total Alkanes ............................................................... 63 Figure 4.2 Comparative plot for Total Alkenes ............................................................... 64 Figure 4.3 Comparative plot for Total Alkynes ............................................................... 65 Figure 4.4 Comparative plot for Total Aromatics............................................................ 66 Figure 4.5 Comparative plot for Total Halogens ............................................................. 67 Figure 5.1 Comparative plot for Trimethylbenzene (all isomers).................................... 78 Figure 5.2 Comparative plot for 1,3-Butadiene ............................................................... 80 Figure 5.3 Comparative plot for national 1,3-Butadiene data.................................................. 82 Figure 5.4 Comparative plot for Benzene ........................................................................ 83 Figure 5.5 Comparative plot for national Benzene data .................................................. 85 Figure 5.6 Comparative plot for Bromodichloromethane................................................ 86 Figure 5.7 Comparative plot for 1,2-Dichloroethane....................................................... 88 Figure 5.8 Comparative plot for 1,4-Dichlorobenzene .................................................... 90 Figure 5.9 Comparative plot for regional MTBE............................................................. 92 Figure 5.10 Comparative plot for the C5 to C8 aliphatic fraction..................................... 97 Figure 5.11 Comparative plot for Gasoline Vapour......................................................... 99 Figure 5.12 Comparative plot for national Gasoline Vapour data set............................ 102  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  v -  Abbreviations ACGIH – American Conference of Industrial Hygienists ATSDR – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry CCOHS – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety CO – Carbon Monoxide EC – Environment Canada EPA – Environmental Protection Agency GVRD – Greater Vancouver Regional District HSDB – Hazardous Substances Data Bank IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer IPCS – International Program on Chemical Safety IRIS – Integrated Risk Information System LOAEL – Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level LOEL – Lowest Observed Effect Level MRL – Minimum Risk Level MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheet NAPS – National Air Pollution Surveillance Network NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NOEL – No Observed Effect Level NOx – Nitrogen Oxides OEL – Occupation Exposure Limit OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration PEL – Permissible Exposure Limit PM10 – Particulate Matter ≤ 10µm in diameter REL – Reference Exposure Level RfC – Reference Concentration RTECS – Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances SO2 – Sulphur Dioxide TLV – Threshold Limit Value TWA – Time-Weighted Average UF – Uncertainty Factor VOC – Volatile Organic Compound WCB – Workers Compensation Board WCBBC – Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  -  vi -  1 Executive Summary Background Residents of the community of North Burnaby, British Columbia have expressed concern about the possible health impact of air emissions from the Chevron Burnaby oil refinery located adjacent to the community. In response to the community concerns, the BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection (MWLAP) committed to an assessment. Because of the complexity of the assessment and the need for an impartial approach, researchers from the School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at the University of British Columbia (UBC) were approached to conduct the assessment. Terms of reference were developed by the UBC research team and approved by a project advisory committee consisting of representatives from MWLAP, Environment Canada, Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), Simon Fraser Health Region, Chevron Canada, the City of Burnaby, and community members. Input was also sought from residents directly by way of a brochure with a mail back response form distributed to all households. A website was also established to receive input from community members. Objectives The overall objective of the project (approved by the advisory committee) was to perform an assessment of the potential human health impacts of current air emissions (scheduled and unscheduled) from the Chevron Burnaby refinery, tank farm, and associated facilities. It was agreed that the assessment would be based on health and exposure information available in the scientific literature and existing data on ambient air pollutant concentrations near the Chevron Burnaby facility and the surrounding community. Emissions modelling was not carried out. Evaluating risks to nearby residents from sources other than breathing air pollutants from the operation of the refinery or tank farm was outside the scope of the study. Evaluation of possible causes for elevated pollution levels and discussion of risk management options were also outside the scope. Another objective was to answer, as best as possible, questions that came from the community rather than those posed by regulators or the researchers. Methods Standard risk assessment procedures were followed, modified by the need to address community concerns, not regulatory objectives.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 1  Ambient concentrations of air pollutants monitored by the GVRD and Environment Canada were reviewed for 1998, 1999, and 2000. These data consisted of daily monitoring results (stored as 1-hour averages) for particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and ozone and less frequent 24-hour average values on a 6-day rotation for each of 142 volatile organic compounds. Concentrations at two monitoring stations in North Burnaby, T24, located adjacent to the Chevron Burnaby refinery tank farm, and T23, located on Capitol Hill, overlooking the refinery process facility, were compared to average concentrations at other residential neighbourhoods in the GVRD, and to concentrations found at monitoring locations close to other petrochemical facilities in Canada. Where data were not available for either T23 or T24 stations, concentrations at Kensington Park, station T4, about 20 blocks from the refinery boundary were used instead. Where the air monitoring data indicated elevated concentrations of pollutants in North Burnaby compared to elsewhere in the GVRD, we carried out detailed reviews of existing scientific literature to identify potential health impacts of exposure to the pollutants at the levels seen in this community. In direct response to community questions, we also carried out a comprehensive review of previously published epidemiological studies that evaluated the health of residents in other communities adjacent to oil refining facilities. Particulate Matter, Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Ozone North Burnaby ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone (all monitored at Capitol Hill) and carbon monoxide (at Kensington Park) were not elevated compared to other GVRD residential locations. This was true for concentrations averaged over 1 hour, for the maximum 1-hour concentration during each day, and for concentrations averaged over longer periods. Concentrations for all these pollutants were also below GVRD, Environment Canada, and US guidelines. Based on the similarity of ambient levels in North Burnaby to other residential areas in the GVRD, we would not expect that residents of North Burnaby would experience additional health consequences because of exposure to these compounds, compared to other GVRD residents. Sulphur Dioxide North Burnaby ambient concentrations of sulphur dioxide (SO2) (monitoring at Capitol Hill and the tank farm area), averaged over each 24-hour period, were not significantly elevated compared to other areas in the GVRD. However, the proportion of days during which SO2 1hour peaks were detected was considerably higher at the Capitol Hill monitoring location than North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 2  any other monitoring location, including downtown Vancouver and the Port Moody industrial area. During the 2.5-year review period, there was 1 excursion over the GVRD acceptable 1hour air quality objective and 21 excursions (on 6 different days) over the GVRD 1-hour desirable air quality objective at Capitol Hill. No excursions over either value were seen elsewhere. Compared to monitoring data from four other refinery locations in Canada, the frequency of peak SO2 concentrations in North Burnaby is higher than in two, but lower than the other two. We carried out a comprehensive review of the scientific literature to evaluate the potential health impact of peak exposures to SO2. A total of 46 relevant articles were retrieved and summarized. We concluded that 10 minute excursions over 100 ppb would likely be associated with exacerbations of respiratory symptoms among a subset of asthmatics engaged in moderate activity outdoors. Applying a US Environmental Protection Agency method to the ambient monitoring data, we estimated that 140 10-minute peak concentrations occur each year (on 54 different days) in excess of this health based comparison value. The ‘time of day’ profile of SO2 peaks suggests that about 50% of these occur during daytime hours. We used Statistics Canada population data for two geographic areas: the neighbourhoods bounded by Burrard Inlet, Hastings Street, Boundary Road, and Fell Street; and the North Burnaby areas within a 2 km radius of the refinery; together with Canadian and GVRD asthma prevalence rates to predict the expected impact of these SO2 peaks on area residents. Based on a rough calculation, we estimated that about 15 to 35 North Burnaby residents might experience exacerbations of asthma on any of about 25 to 30 days each year as a result of SO2 peaks in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood. Total Reduced Sulphur Compounds Total reduced sulphur (TRS) compounds are monitored only in locations where there is a potential source. Average levels were low throughout the GVRD. Of the 5 GVRD monitoring locations reviewed, the frequency of TRS peaks was highest at the industry intensive Port Moody monitoring location (with 70% of values above the detectable level) and second highest at the North Burnaby station adjacent to the tank farm (55% of values detectable). At the other locations, only 20% of values were detectable. TRS compounds were elevated over the GVRD 1-hour acceptable air quality objective on 3% of all monitoring days at the tank farm location and 1.2% of days at Capitol Hill (compared to 4.5% of days at Port Moody and less than 1% on Burnaby Mountain and Kensington Park). On 11.5% of days at the tank farm monitoring location and 3.6% of days on Capitol Hill, the characteristic unpleasant odour of TRS compounds was present, for at least 1-hour, at levels likely to be noticed by at least 50% of the population. This is compared to 18.4% of days at Port Moody, and less than 1% of days elsewhere.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 3  We reviewed the literature on epidemiological studies in communities exposed to ambient TRS compounds. There is evidence that higher concentrations (average levels about 10 times higher than in North Burnaby) may contribute to increased respiratory, nose, and eye irritation. Based on very limited evidence, it appears that TRS levels as seen in North Burnaby are unlikely to contribute directly to the development of irritant symptoms, but they are sufficiently high to contribute to odour annoyance. We are not able to determine whether this odour annoyance contributes to symptom perception or exacerbation. Volatile Organic Compounds Monitoring data for 142 volatile organic compounds (VOC) were reviewed for 1999 and 2000 from the Environment Canada network of monitoring stations, including one location near the Chevron Burnaby tank farm. Average ambient concentrations of the VOCs characteristic of petroleum fuels were significantly elevated (over 5 times higher) in the area near the tank farm compared to other locations. This included all 44 alkanes tested, 29 of 33 alkenes, 22 of 24 aromatic compounds, and the mixture of individual compounds representative of gasoline vapour. Alkynes and halogenated compounds tended not to be elevated compared to other locations. Gasoline vapour concentrations were also significantly higher in North Burnaby compared to monitoring stations located in other Canadian communities with oil refineries. The ambient concentrations of gasoline vapour were below levels shown to be linked to respiratory and eye irritation in animals, but the size of the margin of safety for humans is unclear from the information available in the scientific literature. In contrast, more often than not, the ambient concentration of gasoline vapour was higher than the level at which gasoline can be detected by smell, indicating a significant potential for odour annoyance. Detailed review was also carried out for all individual compounds. The average or maximum ambient concentration was at or near health based comparison values for six compounds. Of these, only two (benzene and 1,3 butadiene) were found at levels that may result in a real health impact in the population. Benzene is a known human carcinogen and 1,3-butadiene is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Based on the ambient monitoring data (for outdoor concentrations) and estimated indoor concentrations for these pollutants from the scientific literature, we calculated the predicted number of cancers among area residents that could be attributable to these exposures. This number was estimated as very low: less than one excess cancer over a period of about 70 years among all residents of the area combined. We also reviewed ambient concentrations data for the current gasoline additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and its proposed substitute, isooctane. MTBE data were North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 4  available for between 3 and 13 days of monitoring for the various locations; isooctane data were available for the full 2-year period. Average MTBE concentrations were significantly higher near the tank farm compared to other locations (2 x higher than near the Trans Mountain tank farm on Burnaby Mountain, and 4-6 x higher than at other locations). However, the average values at the Chevron tank farm location was 6 times lower than the California EPA 1 in 100,000 upper bound cancer risk estimate. This suggests that the cancer risk to North Burnaby residents, associated with exposure to MTBE, if any, is likely to be extremely small (even smaller than that identified for benzene and 1,3 butadiene). In keeping with the general increase in all alkanes measured, ambient isooctane concentrations were elevated compared to elsewhere in the GVRD, but the levels were 50-100 times lower than the health based comparison value derived from our literature review. We did not attempt to estimate the change in ambient concentrations of isooctane that may accompany the increased volume to be stored and transferred on the Chevron site. However, the levels would have to increase considerably before the isooctane concentration would reach a level of concern. Metals Two metals associated with petroleum processing elsewhere were considered (manganese and vanadium); however, no neighbourhood monitoring data were available. Based on our review of other studies, we felt that ambient monitoring data for manganese would be helpful to rule this out as a health concern. Review of Results of Petrochemical Community Epidemiology Studies Our review of results from 25 epidemiology studies from other refinery communities provided results completely consistent with the results of this risk assessment. Lung cancer rates were elevated in some communities, but only in the most highly polluted petrochemical industry areas or among workplace populations. There was little if any evidence of a link between leukemia and community exposure to oil refinery emissions or between cancers at other sites and oil refinery emissions. The results were not consistent across studies and no convincing evidence of excess cancers of any particular type emerges from the studies. The studies with the strongest methodologies did not find associations with community residence and either lung cancer or leukemia. These finding are consistent with the very small number of predicted excess cancers estimated from our risk assessment. There was no evidence of an association between residence in a community near to petrochemical industry and adverse pregnancy outcomes. A small number of studies did find an increase in odour complaints and, to a lesser extent, irritative symptoms, in association with residence nearby to oil refineries. These findings are  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 5  consistent with the conclusions presented earlier in this report with respect to SO2 and TRS exposures in North Burnaby. Key Conclusions 1) Peak concentrations of sulphur dioxide (lasting 10 minutes or less) are likely contributing to exacerbations of symptoms among North Burnaby residents with asthma. 2) Although our conclusions about volatile organic compounds are limited by relatively scanty data, a) VOC concentrations are considerably higher than elsewhere in the lower mainland and other Canadian refinery locations, and are likely contributing to odour annoyance. b) It is unlikely that excess cancers among North Burnaby residents are attributable to VOCs from refinery or tank farm. c) Gasoline vapour concentrations were below levels linked to respiratory and eye irritation in animals, but the size of the margin of safety is unclear. 3) Peak levels of reduced sulphur compounds are sufficiently high to contribute to odour annoyance in North Burnaby neighbourhoods. Recommendations Based on our findings, we make the following recommendations with respect to monitoring and reporting contaminants in order to facilitate future assessments of health impacts. 1) We suggest that, since the GVRD already collects SO2 data on a minute-by-minute basis, this information be reported and stored as 10-minute average values, to facilitate future assessments of health impacts. 2) If MTBE continues to be present at the refinery site, it would be useful to add MTBE to the panel of VOCs monitored regularly, in order to determine more fully the potential for an impact on health. 3) Given the elevated VOC concentrations, continuation of the VOC monitoring will be useful for future assessments. 4) Given the presence of manganese in gasoline and the high gasoline vapour concentrations near the tank farm, we believe it would be useful to perform some ambient monitoring for manganese (24 hour averages) at GVRD monitoring stations, in order to compare North Burnaby concentrations with those elsewhere in the GVRD. This should be done for a full year to be useful for health assessment purposes. We have no data to suggest that manganese exposure is a concern in this community; however, it would be useful to rule this out with monitoring data. We have not made recommendations regarding strategies for managing emissions or for acceptable concentrations in neighbourhood air. We believe that management and policy decisions such as these should incorporate social factors in addition to scientific ones, and should be made in consultation with stakeholders and the community. In this regard, our report is available in its entirety on our website: www.soeh.ubc.ca/research. We also suggest that the city of Burnaby make print copies available in public libraries. North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 6  2 Introduction 2.1 Context The Chevron refinery has been operating in Burnaby since the 1930s. Originally one of three refineries built on the shores of Burrard Inlet, it is now the only refinery left operating in the Lower Mainland. The refinery has two distinct areas, the oil processing complex and a tank farm located approximately 1 km away. A residential neighbourhood is located immediately adjacent to the tank farm site. A buffer of parkland is present between the refinery and neighbouring residential areas. The residential area dates from the 1930s. Over the years, there has been some redevelopment and a general enhancement of the neighbourhood. Although emission control technology used at the refinery and tank farm has improved over the years, recent increases in refinery capacity have led to concerns from neighbours about increases in overall emissions and the effect that may have on neighbourhood air quality. A number of recent events at the refinery and tank farm, including a spill of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and a release of catalyst have served to increase neighbourhood concerns about emissions from the refinery and their impact on neighbourhood air quality. There have also been complaints about odour from people living close to the tank farm. Persistent concerns by neighbours over air emissions from the refinery and their potential risk to the health of neighbouring residents led to a commitment by a local Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Minister of Environment that a study would be carried out to assess the potential health impacts of air emissions from the refinery and tank farm. Funding for the health impact assessment and responsibility for ensuring that the assessment was completed was given to the Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection (MWLAP, then Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks). Because of the complexity of the assessment and the need for an impartial approach to the assessment, researchers from the School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at the University of British Columbia (UBC) were approached to take on the task of carrying out the assessment. It was anticipated that the finding of this assessment could be used in subsequent decisionmaking processes, for example, in determining need for additional monitoring, control strategies, health or exposure guidelines.  2.2 Development of Terms of Reference - Project Advisory Committee Terms of reference were developed by the UBC research team and approved by a project advisory committee consisting of representatives from MWLAP, Environment Canada, North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 7  Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), Simon Fraser Health Region, Chevron Canada, the City of Burnaby, Burnaby School Board, and community members (see Appendix A). The project advisory committee's role was to provide input and advice to the UBC research team, to approve the terms of reference for the project, to provide one vehicle for obtaining stakeholder input into the project as it develops, and to receive the final report. To receive additional input from the community a flyer (in English and Cantonese) asking for comments and suggestions was distributed around the neighbourhood. A web site was set up where residents could learn more about the project and provide input and insight to the research team. It was anticipated that local residents would be in the best position to identify and provide information on the nature of any air quality concerns around the refinery and tank farm. The flyer and website offered a means of direct communication between the researchers and the community. Prior to the start of the health impact assessment, representatives from the research team attended a public meeting organized by community groups to explain the goals of the assessment and receive feedback from residents at the meeting. This confirmed the importance of the health impact assessment for the community and the usefulness of the flyer and website as a means of contacting the community. The responses from the flyer and website are provided in Appendix B.  2.3 Objectives The overall goal of the project was to perform an assessment of the potential human health impacts of current air emissions (scheduled and unscheduled) from the Chevron Burnaby refinery, tank farm, and associated facilities. The assessment was based on health and exposure information available in the scientific literature and existing data on ambient air pollutant concentrations near the Chevron Burnaby facility and the surrounding community. Risks to nearby residents from anything other than breathing air pollutants from the operation of the refinery or tank farm was outside the scope of the study. While the health impact assessment was based on information similar to that used in many regulatory compliance risk assessments, this assessment differed from the standard regulatory risk assessment in a number of important respects. First, the intent was to answer, as best as possible, questions that came from the community rather than those posed by regulators or researchers. Second, the researchers were not confined to risk assessment methods and procedures prescribed by the regulatory authority but were free to select methods and procedures based on technical merit, applicability to the available data and relevance to the questions to be answered. Third, the intended audience for  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 8  the report was community members rather than technical staff from a government or industrial organization. As such, the results of the assessment and the report itself were intended to be understandable by the public. Further, it was understood that if the initial assessment indicated the need to collect additional data in order to characterize some of the risks to human health, recommendations would be prepared for review by the project advisory committee.  2.4 Background: What is Risk Assessment? Making decisions about risks that may affect entire communities is complex. The process becomes especially difficult when we do not have complete information about the possible health impacts of substances in our community environment. Unfortunately, this is a relatively common problem because the health of individuals and communities are influenced by many factors working together at the same time, including environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors. When we are trying to evaluate the risk to a community from a substance in the environment, we need to consider two issues. First, we need to know whether people in the community will actually be exposed to the substance, and if so, to how much will they be exposed. Second, we need to know what consequences are likely to occur at that amount of exposure. "Risk Assessment" is the term given by scientists and policy makers to that part of the risk evaluation / management process concerned with making the best possible estimates of the potential health impact of specific substances (e.g. chemicals in the air, water, food etc) in a given community. Risk assessment is a first step in the risk evaluation and management process - it is the step in which science-based information and analysis tools are used to describe the types of harm that may occur and how widespread the harm may be in the community - i.e. the nature and extent of a health impact in the community. A structured approach to scientific risk assessment for environmental health was formulated in 1983 by the US National Research Council and modified in 1996.1;2 This approach has been adapted to the needs of specific countries and settings including the US Environmental Protection Agency, and has formed the basis for much of the environmental risk evaluation work carried out since that time. Both Health Canada and the Canadian Standards Association have risk management guidelines that incorporate a risk assessment step modelled on National Research Council approach. The steps in this process are shown in the following box.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 9  Risk Assessment - Typical Steps in the Process 1. Hazard identification: an overview of the possible health consequences • exploring the scope of the problem • deciding where to focus (e.g. which contaminants?) 2. Exposure assessment: how much of each contaminant is present in the community and who is most likely to be exposed? • what do we know about exposure levels, duration, and patterns over time? • are there some people who are likely to be exposed to more or less of the substance than others in the community? 3. Dose-Response assessment: what do we know about the relationship between the contaminant and the potential health consequences (dose-response relationship)? • what diseases or disorders have been linked to the contaminant (based on previous research)? • how much disease or symptoms would be predicted for a given level of exposure? 4. Risk Characterization: putting it all together to summarize the risks to the community • combines the information above • what is the likelihood of each disease or symptom occurring in this community, given the levels of exposures expected in this community? • or: if the exposure levels in this community are below the 'harmful' level, how large is the margin of safety? • what is the uncertainty associated with the risk estimates?  Steps 1 and 3 in this process are generally based on existing scientific information (e.g. epidemiology, toxicology studies); step 2 is usually based on measurements taken in the community, in similar communities, or on estimates from exposure modelling. There is more to risk management than risk assessment Risk assessment is only one part of the whole process of evaluating and managing environmental risks in communities. A comprehensive framework for environmental risk management is used by Health Canada (Health Canada Decision-Making Framework for  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 10  Identifying, Assessing, and Managing Health Risks, August 2000).3 A diagram of the process is shown here.  The risk assessment component of this framework (the circles labelled "identify the issue and its context" and "assess risk and benefits") Health Canada describes the framework as "a series of interconnected steps, which may be grouped into three phases: issue identification (identify the issue and put it in context); risk assessment (assess risk and benefits): and risk management (identify and analyze options; select a strategy; implement the strategy; and monitor and evaluate the results)."3 Note the central position allocated to 'involve interested and affected parties'. The Canadian Standards Association has also recently formulated a guidance document that also incorporates the same principles for risk assessment and management: CAN/CSA-Q85097 Risk Management: Guideline for Decision-Makers. The CSA Guideline also emphasizes the importance of communication between stakeholders and risk assessors / managers at every stage of the process. Other guidance documents for Environmental Risk Assessment (primarily for contaminated sites) in Canada and elsewhere have been developed, including frameworks elaborated by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Environment Canada (CEPA), Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the US Environmental Protection Agency for Superfund Sites. These were compared recently by Dyck and colleagues of the Network for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (U. Waterloo).4 All agree that, despite  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 11  standardized frameworks, Environmental Risk Assessments need to be individually adapted to the specific situation being evaluated. Where does this report fit within these various guidelines? This report focuses on Issue Identification and Risk Assessment (i.e. steps 1 and 2 of the Health Canada framework or the first three steps of the CSA-Q850 framework). This is consistent with the scope of work determined in advance by the Project Advisory committee (see Appendix A). In developing the terms of reference for this work and in carrying out the assessments described in this report, we have been mindful of the specific needs of the North Burnaby community for a timely response with the resources available. Where, in our opinion, further review of health literature or additional exposure estimation (through modeling, sampling, or estimation via other means) would be informative we have so noted. What is not included in this report? The full process of Environmental Risk Management includes assessing the level of risk (risk assessment) and deciding how the risks could best be reduced (risk treatment, in the terminology of the International Standards Organization). While assessment and treatment cannot be completely divorced, it is useful to draw a distinction between these two activities. A good risk assessment should inform risk managers, it does not tell risk managers what they have to decide (or even that they have to make a decision). Risk management requires consideration of information contained in the risk assessment as well as consideration of social, political, economic, and technical information about benefits and consequences of management options and consideration of community views.  2.5 Issue Identification In keeping with the terms of reference established for this project, the following decisions were made with respect to the specific compounds or mixtures that would be examined in this review. GVRD and Environment Canada air quality information was available from monitoring stations in North Burnaby for the following compounds or groups of compounds: • • • • • • •  particulate matter (PM10) sulphur dioxide ozone nitrogen dioxide carbon monoxide total reduced sulphur compounds volatile organic compounds (142 individual compounds)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 12  It was agreed that if there were evidence that exposures to any of these substances are elevated in locations in North Burnaby, compared to elsewhere in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, they would be retained for review in this study. Information on concentrations of other substances (not elevated) would be included only for reference purposes. This decision was consistent with the goal of assessing only the health impact of air pollution that could reasonably be thought to be added to the environment near the refinery because of refinery operations. In response to community concerns expressed at public meeting, we also carried out a review of relevant epidemiological studies conducted in other communities nearby to oil refineries or petrochemical complexes and a brief review of exposure to selected metals in refinery communities.  2.6 Estimation of the Population at Risk In order to make quantitative estimates of the number of people expected to experience some of the health outcomes being investigated, we obtained population data for Burnaby from the 1996 Census, the most available from Statistics Canada. For this project, the population at risk was defined as the population of Burnaby that resided in proximity to the Chevron Refinery. Two definitions of ‘proximity’ were used. The first based on enumeration areas in the region bounded by the following major streets: Boundary Road to the west, Fell Street to the east, Hastings Street to the south, and Burrard Inlet to the north. The population of this area was just over 13,000 (see below). This was the area initially identified by the advisory committee as the ‘area of concern’ in the community. We also identified the population living in enumeration areas within a 2 km radius of the refinery production area and south of Burrard Inlet. This included about the same residential neighbourhoods to the west and east, but a much larger area south of Hastings Street. Table 2.1 below summarizes the population characteristics of the population at risk in each of these two proximity regions by age and gender groups. Table 2.1 Population of the study area  Age group 0-4 5-19 20-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL  within 2 km radius of within the area bounded by refinery Hastings, Boundary, and Fell Total Male Female Total Male Female 1430 770 660 635 350 285 5315 2770 2545 2040 1085 955 12555 6310 6245 5630 2840 2790 6870 3465 3405 2970 1510 1460 3735 1695 2040 1815 765 1050 29905 15010 14895 13090 6550 6540  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 13  3 Pollutants Monitored Continuously (PM10, SO2, O3, NO2, CO, TRS) 3.1 Exposure Evaluation Methods A detailed description of the methods used to analyse the ambient monitoring data is contained in Appendix C. A summary is presented here. 3.1.1  Data Requested from GVRD and Environment Canada  The GVRD monitors ambient concentrations of several smog-causing pollutants on a continuous basis at fixed locations throughout the lower mainland. These pollutants include sulphur dioxide (SO2), Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), particles with diameters 10 microns or less (PM10), and reduced sulphur compounds (TRS). Levels are recorded on a continuous basis, but stored as 1-hour average values. All available continuously monitored data were requested from the GVRD for all stations in North Burnaby, including those close to the neighbourhood of interest and two stations on Burnaby Mountain, as well as a selection of other stations representing a range of expected pollution levels. These included two residential areas (North Vancouver, Kitsilano) and two industrial and traffic intensive areas (downtown Vancouver, Port Moody). Table 3.1 below summarizes the information received for each of these stations. Figure 3.1 and Figure 3.2 show the location of the monitoring stations in the GVRD and North Burnaby areas. Table 3.1 Data received from the GVRD for stations considered relevant to the study STN  ADDRESS  SO2  TRS  NO2  CO  O3  PM10  to 05/99  -  -  -  -  partial  -  partial  partial  a -  a a -  a -  Burnaby locations T5  Confederation Park, Pandora St. and Alpha Ave, North Burnaby  T24  Chevron Tank Farm Area – Eton and Madison, North Burnaby  T23  Capitol Hill, Grosvenor Cres, North Burnaby  T52  Mobile Air Monitoring Unit (MAMU), near T23 on Capitol Hill  T4  Kensington Park - 6400 E. Hastings St. North Burnaby  T14  Burnaby Mountain, Ring Road, SFU, Burnaby  T22 Burmount - 7815 Shellmont St. Burnaby Other residential locations T2  Kitsilano - 2550 W 10th Ave. Vancouver  T26  Mahon Park – 16th St and Jones Av. North Vancouver  from 09/99 from 09/99  a -  a -  a -  a a  a -  a a  -  a a  a a  a a  a -  a a  -  a a  a a  a a  -  Industrial / traffic intensive locations T1  Robson Square – Robson and Hornby, Vancouver  T9  Rocky Point Park, Moody St and Esplanade, Port Moody  a  A check mark indicates the receipt of a complete data set, including values from January 01/98 through June 30/00. A dash indicates that the pollutant is not monitored at that station.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  a  Page 14  Figure 3.1 Location of monitoring stations used anywhere in this report (excluding those closest to the refinery)  Figure 3.2 Location of monitoring stations in North Burnaby near the refinery  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 15  Monitoring at the Confederation Park station (T5) was discontinued in May of 1999 to make possible the introduction of a new monitoring station closer to the tank farm area (T24) in September of the same year. Also in response to concerns of North Burnaby residents, the GVRD’s Mobile Air Monitoring Unit (MAMU) was periodically stationed on Capitol Hill (near T23) from April 1998 through March 2000. The objective was to have MAMU operating for three weeks of every quarter. Table 3.2 gives more information about MAMU’s schedule as part of the GVRD’s special monitoring project on Capitol Hill. Table 3.2 MAMU’s operating schedule on Capitol Hill Operation Cycle # # Days in Operation Start Date Stop Date 1 25 April 6, 1998 April 30, 1998 2 21 July 9, 1998 July 29, 1998 3 21 October 1, 1998 October 21, 1998 4 22 January 25, 1999 February 15, 1999 5 19 June 11, 1999 June 29, 1999 6 9 August 18, 1999 August 26, 1999 7 11 November 15, 1999 November 25, 1999 8 10 December 14, 1999 December 23, 1999 9 21 March 7, 2000 March 27, 2000 Note these dates differ slightly from those shown in the GVRD’s Capitol Hill Special Monitoring Project report, as we have included only those days with valid data for these particular contaminants.  3.1.2  Data Analysis  Determination of relevant averaging periods For each pollutant, we calculated average values over the averaging periods for which regulatory standards or health-based comparison values were available: a) b) c) d)  all 1-hour averages (original data) daily maximum 1-hour averages (all pollutants except PM10) daily maximum 8-hour averages (for CO and O3) 24-hour averages  Frequency distributions were plotted for all data sets and transformations necessary to ensure normality were determined and applied. For SO2, in order to compare the 1-hour GVRD data to 10-minute health based guidelines, we used the procedure outlined in the US EPA’s Mathematical Model for Relating Air Quality Measurements to Air Quality Standards.5 Details of this method are described in Appendix C.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 16  Comparisons by monitoring station For each pollutant data set, the minimum, maximum, arithmetic mean (and standard deviation), and geometric mean (and geometric standard deviation) were computed for each monitoring station. Average results were compared across monitoring stations using analysis of variance. For highly skewed data sets, we compared the proportion of values above the relevant guidelines or health based comparison values, using chi-squared tests for proportions. Where comparisons were made with data from the mobile monitoring station T52 (MAMU), only those days for which MAMU was operational were considered in the analysis. For comparisons of TRS values measured at station T24 (operational only since Sept 99), a data subset was created and analysed for only those days on which T24 was operational. Results for each pollutant from each station were also compared graphically by plotting the data over time and by plotting the upper percentile values (100 to 90) for each data set. The objective of all these analyses was to identify those pollutants in the North Burnaby area that were present at higher concentrations than elsewhere in the GVRD. Comparisons by time of day In response to the UBC research team’s request for community input, several North Burnaby residents stated that odours around the refinery are most noticeable in the early hours of the morning. Therefore, we carried out graphical analysis of time of day trends for pollutants considered most likely to contribute to odour complaints (SO2 and TRS) by plotting average values against time of day. In addition, for SO2, the number of 1-hour concentrations that exceeded a reference value was plotted against the time of day at which they occurred. As this analysis was for descriptive purposes, no statistical testing was carried out.  3.1.3  National Comparisons  To compare the levels of pollutants in the North Burnaby areas against what could be considered “typical” for a site influenced by petrochemical industry in Canada, the 1-hour average data from North Burnaby were compared to similar data from Environment Canada's National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) network stations located near refineries in Saint John, Montreal, Sarnia and Edmonton.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 17  3.2 Health Assessment Methods Two approaches were used for the review of scientific information about the potential health effects of air pollutants that may be linked to the North Burnaby oil refinery. For several of the monitored compounds, recommended air quality standards for ambient concentrations exist, and in most cases, these are based on comprehensive reviews of toxicology and epidemiology studies by groups of medical and scientific experts. In these cases, we did not consider it appropriate or necessary to carry out a comprehensive review of the same literature that gave rise to the recommended standards. Therefore, our review was limited to searching for standards (and their supporting documentation) from a range of jurisdictions and considering results from recently published research that may not have been considered by previous reviewers. For compounds or mixtures lacking a recommended air quality standard a more comprehensive review of toxicology and epidemiology sources was carried out. This search was conducted mainly using secondary sources (e.g. reviews, abstracting services, and toxicology data bases). Details of the methods are provided in each section below.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 18  3.3 Pollutants not Elevated in North Burnaby: PM10, NO2, O3, CO Detailed tables and figures describing and displaying all the ambient monitoring data for these pollutants are included in Appendix D. Summary information is included here. 3.3.1  Carbon Monoxide  Carbon monoxide monitoring is not carried out at all stations. The station in North Burnaby closest to the refinery is at Kensington Park. Ambient concentrations here were the same as those seen in North Vancouver (at Mahon Park – in a similar residential neighbourhood), and lower than seen at other monitoring stations. This was the case for 1 hour averaged data, the maximum 1-hour data (not shown), and the maximum 8-hour average on each day. Values were well below the GVRD and EC desirable air quality objectives of 13 ppm (1-hour) and 5 ppm (8-hour).  Table 3.3 All 1-hour CO data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  19860 668 21378 495  1 2  5.9 5.4  0.87 0.67  0.44 0.50  0.78 0.55  1.61 1.81  21375 489 21220 557  1 0  3.9 4.4  0.55 0.63  0.27 0.38  0.50 0.55  1.58 1.64  21180 688  1  4.7  0.54  0.31  0.48  1.55  * Limit of Detection for CO = 0.1 ppm  Table 3.4 Daily maximum 8-hour CO data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  850 911  9 1  0.40 0.23  3.85 3.80  1.17 0.99  0.42 0.51  1.06 0.80  1.39 1.59  912 908  0 2  0.16 0.26  2.20 3.73  0.71 0.86  0.24 0.39  0.66 0.75  1.38 1.50  904  8  0.30  2.93  0.71  0.31  0.63  1.44  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 19  3.3.2  Nitrogen Dioxide  Nitrogen dioxide was monitored using the GVRD’s mobile monitoring station (MAMU), located on Capitol Hill. NO2 concentrations at this station were lower than those seen at all the other monitoring locations reviewed for 1-hour and 24-hour averaging periods. Results were the same when comparisons were made only for those days when MAMU was operating, and for comparisons using 1-hour maximum values (not shown). Concentrations at all stations were also well below the 1-hour GVRD acceptable air quality objective is 0.210 ppm.  Table 3.5 All 1-hour NO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  21385 489 21235 638  0 0  0.078 0.068  0.028 0.023  0.009 0.011  0.027 0.020  1.40 1.81  21228 636 21157 689  0 0  0.078 0.088  0.018 0.020  0.009 0.009  0.016 0.017  1.68 1.74  21174 694  2  0.066  0.017  0.009  0.014  1.84  3985  1  0.059  0.013  0.009  0.010  2.10  97  *Limit of Detection for NO2 = 0.001 ppm  Table 3.6 24-hour NO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Min. Data Missing Value Points Points (ppm)  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  903 895  9 17  0.0123 0.050 0.0031 0.043  0.028 0.023  0.006 0.007  0.028 0.021  1.24 1.42  895 890  17 22  0.0055 0.039 0.0057 0.048  0.018 0.020  0.005 0.006  0.017 0.019  1.34 1.38  893  19  0.0063 0.039  0.017  0.006  0.016  1.39  158  22  0.0024 0.028  0.012  0.005  0.011  1.56  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 20  3.3.3  Particulate Matter (PM10)  Average concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM10) at the MAMU monitoring location were similar to those seen in Kitsilano, the only other similar residential neighbourhood reviewed. This was the case for 1-hour average concentrations, 1-hour maximum concentrations (not shown), and 24- hour average concentrations. Results were similar when comparisons were limited to only the days when MAMU was operating. Table 3.7 All 1-hour PM10 data  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  Arith. Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation 13.5 9.2  Geo. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 11.2  Geo Standard Deviation  98  Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 180  21698 181 21083 777  92 160  143 110  11.2 13.5  7.8 9.1  9.1 10.9  1.9 2.0  3455  24  87  10.6  8.9  8.0  2.2  # # Missing Data Points Points  # Below LOD  1  1.6  Arith. Mean Standard 3 (µg/m ) Deviation 13.5 5.7  Geo. Mean 3 (µg/m ) 12.5  Geo Standard Deviation  911  Max. Value 3 (µg/m ) 49.8  904 878  8 34  2.0 2.8  57.4 58.6  11.2 13.5  6.0 6.8  10.0 12.1  1.6 1.6  137  22  3.5  51.4  10.3  6.8  8.8  1.7  # # Data Missing Points Points  # Below LOD*  21746 142  118  1.9  * Limit of Detection for PM10 = 1 µg/m3  Table 3.8 24-hour PM10 data  Station T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  1.5  3.3.3.1 PM10 Concentrations After Catalyst Release of April 2000 On April 6th and 7th 2000 malfunctions in the Fluid Catalytic Cracker Regenerator at the refinery resulted in the release of approximately 1600 kg of particulate catalyst into the surrounding atmosphere. We were unable to determine if this resulted in an increase in particles in the air nearby as the MAMU monitoring station was not operating on those days. However, we did examine whether an increase in airborne particles was seen at the next closest monitoring station, namely T4 in Kensington Park.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 21  The plots below show the 1-hour and 24-hour concentrations of PM10 at this station, compared to values seen in Kitsilano and Port Moody throughout April 2000.  Figure 3.3 1-hour PM10 concentrations in April 2000  Figure 3.4 24-hour PM10 averages in April 2000  There is no evidence of elevated PM10 levels at station T4 due to the release. This is most likely because the relatively large size of the particles released would have resulted in their rapid settling. (According to information provided by the GVRD, approximately 94% of particles were greater than 10 microns in diameter, and thus, not in the range likely to be inhaled).  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 22  3.3.4 Ozone Average concentrations for ozone (all averaging times) were slightly higher in North Burnaby, compared to other residential areas where GVRD monitors are located. Results were similar when comparisons were made for only the days when MAMU was operating and when 1-hour peak values were compared (not shown). Table 3.9 All 1-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # Data Missing Points Points  # Below LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  21166 707 21172 701  2791 3269  0.060 0.074  0.008 0.013  0.008 0.012  0.004 0.006  3.44 4.24  21235 630 20757 1089  953 2491  0.071 0.085  0.015 0.013  0.011 0.013  0.010 0.006  3.05 4.16  21352 524  77  0.074  0.024  0.010  0.021  1.87  20955 913  853  0.085  0.016  0.012  0.010  3.24  3984  60  0.087  0.020  0.011  0.016  2.25  # # # Missing Below Data Points Points LOD  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  899 903  13 9  11 5  0.044 0.065  0.013 0.008 0.022 0.011  0.010 0.017  2.33 2.25  907 889  5 23  9 4  0.059 0.071  0.023 0.010 0.022 0.011  0.020 0.018  1.91 2.20  907  5  0  0.060  0.029 0.009  0.028  1.42  894  18  1  0.070  0.023 0.010  0.020  1.91  179  1  0  0.073  0.026 0.010  0.023  1.70  98  * Limit of Detection for O3 = 0.001 ppm  Table 3.10 Daily maximum 8-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 23  Table 3.11 24-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # # # Data Missing Below Points Points LOD*  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean Standard (ppm) Deviation  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo Standard Deviation  897 898  15 14  30 16  0.028 0.040  0.008 0.013  0.005 0.007  0.006 0.010  2.23 2.21  898 875  14 37  10 12  0.038 0.038  0.015 0.013  0.007 0.007  0.013 0.010  1.95 2.17  901  11  0  0.046  0.024  0.008  0.023  1.47  885  27  3  0.039  0.016  0.008  0.013  1.98  158  22  0  0.044  0.020  0.008  0.018  1.62  As indicated above, the 24-hour average ozone levels are highest on Burnaby Mountain and next highest on Capital Hill. As concentrations of naturally occurring atmospheric ozone increase with altitude, Table 3.12 below shows the altitude of the monitoring station compared to the average and maximum concentrations. When we compared the values at the different monitoring stations, taking altitude differences into account, there were no significant differences in levels among the locations.  Table 3.12 Summary of 24-hour O3 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T14 Burnaby Mountain T26 North Vancouver T52 MAMU on Capitol Hill  # Data Points 897 898 898 875 901 885 158  Altitude (m) 56 63 133 <15 360 80 200  Max. Value (ppm) 0.028 0.040 0.038 0.038 0.046 0.039 0.044  Arith. Mean* (ppm) 0.008 0.013 0.015 0.013 0.024 0.016 0.020  * mean values were not different when altitude differences were taken into account  Figure 3.5 on the following page shows that the same seasonal variation in ozone levels is evident at all monitoring locations and there is no indication of any point source contribution to the concentrations in North Burnaby.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 24  Federal Acceptable 24-hour Objective = 0.025 ppm  Federal Desirable 24-hour Objective = 0.015 ppm  Figure 3.5 Comparative plot for 24-hour O3 averages  3.3.5 PM10,O3,NO2,CO: Summary As described above, compared to other residential areas, average peak concentrations for PM10, NO2, and CO were all below values seen elsewhere in the GVRD (see Appendix D for details), and ozone levels were not significantly different from other areas. This was true for all averaging periods. This suggests that refinery emissions are not adding significantly to ambient levels of these pollutants. This is not unexpected, as the main source for these compounds in all communities is motor vehicle exhaust. Comprehensive scientific reviews of these four air pollutants have been performed in recent years and environmental air quality standards (recommended or desirable ambient concentrations) have been proposed by many jurisdictions and agencies. It is not our intent to repeat these reviews. Canadian (federal) and local (GVRD) air quality objectives are listed in Table 3.13 on the following page for each of these pollutants, according to various averaging periods. A summary chart showing the average ambient concentrations in North Burnaby for each pollutant, compared to other residential monitoring stations in the GVRD, and compared to the GVRD guidelines is also shown in Figure 3.6.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 25  Table 3.13 Environment Canada and GVRD air quality objectives Pollutant Carbon Monoxide (CO) Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Ozone (O3) Particulate Matter (PM10)  1 hour 8 hour 1 hour annual 1 hour 8 hour 24 hour* 24 hour annual  federal (Canada) (desirable /acceptable) 13 / 30 ppm 5 / 13 ppm --- /210 ppb --51 / 82 ppb -- / 65 ppb 15 / 25 ppb -----  GVRD  US EPA  same as federal same as federal same as federal ---  35 ppm 9 ppm --53 ppb 120 ppb 80 ppb* --3 150 ug/m 3 50 ug/m *  all same as federal 50 ug/m ---  3  24 hour  NO2 (ppb)  1 hour 24 hour  CO (ppm)  PM10 (ug/m3)  * proposed  8 hour  1 hour  1 hour guideline (acceptable) N.Vancouver Kitsilano N.Burnaby  O3 (ppb)  24 hour 8 hour 1 hour 0  50  100  150  200  Figure 3.6 Average levels of Ozone, CO, NO2, PM10, comparing residential monitoring stations (values of CO are too low to appear on the chart)  Based on the foregoing, we would not expect that residents of North Burnaby would experience additional health consequences as a result of exposure to these compounds compared to residents of other areas in the GVRD.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 26  3.4  Sulphur Dioxide  3.4.1  SO2 Exposure Guidelines or Objectives  For the protection of human and environmental health, Environment Canada has set desirable and acceptable objectives for 1-hour and 24-hour SO2 concentrations. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva has reviewed international literature and set guidelines for 10-minute, 24-hour, and 1 year SO2 concentrations based on exacerbation of respiratory symptoms in sensitive human populations. The US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has also published a ‘Minimum Risk Level’ that incorporates a 10-fold ‘uncertainty’ or ‘safety’ factor. These values are shown below and included on the figures in this section. Table 3.14 SO2 - Published air quality guidelines or health comparison values by averaging period  10-minutes 1-hour 24-hours annual  Desirable in 1 Canada (ppm) 0.172 0.570 0.110  Acceptable in 1 Canada (ppm) 0.334 0.115 0.230  2  WHO Guideline (ppm) 0.190 0.480 0.190  3  ATSDR Minimum Risk Level (ppm) 0.01  1 National Ambient Air Quality Objectives6 2 Guidelines for Air Quality, WHO, Geneva, 20007 3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry8  3.4.2  SO2 Exposure Evaluation  3.4.2.1 All 1-hour Concentrations Average concentrations of ambient SO2 (average of all 1-hour values) were not consistently higher at the North Burnaby stations compared to downtown or other residential areas. These results are shown below. In fact, the proportion of extremely low 1-hour values (i.e. values below the limit of detection for the method) was highest at the Capital Hill station (see column labelled '% below LOD' in Table 3.15 below).  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 27  Table 3.15 Summary of all 1-hour SO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # # % Max. Data Missing Below Value Points Points LOD* (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  21444 431 21140 729  3.3 0.090 17.2 0.081  21241 624 11742 21086 21281 5437  2106 761 569 379  21109 759  Geo. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  0.00522 0.0050 0.00291 0.0031  0.00356 0.00202  2.44 2.30  26.2 0.078  0.00221 0.0028  0.00152  2.18  25.4 27.8 37.2 25.0  0.00240 0.00242 0.00299 0.00264  0.0028 0.0033 0.0100 0.0031  0.00165 0.00154 0.00145 0.00174  2.22 2.30 2.50 2.34  0.00214 0.0023  0.00153  2.12  0.066 0.061 0.390 0.050  26.0 0.055  Standard Deviation  * LOD for SO2 = 0.001 ppm  However, when the values were examined on an hour-to-hour basis, and plotted against time as shown in Figure 3.7 below, numerous SO2 peaks at the Capital Hill station were evident. Similar peaks were not seen elsewhere. These peaks do not show up in the average values because between the peaks, SO2 levels are usually very low (often non-detectable) on Capital Hill; thus, the overall average is low. Figure 3.7 also shows the Canadian and international air quality objectives or guidelines mentioned above, as well as health-based guidelines that emerged from our review of the scientific literature. A detailed discussion of these various health guidelines and information supporting the derivation of the UBC health-based “No observed adverse effect” level (NOAEL) is included in section 3.4.3 below.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 28  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.34 ppm  WHO 10-minute Guideline = 0.19 ppm Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective =0.17 ppm UBC health-based 10-minute NOAEL = 0.10 ppm  ATSDR acute exposure MRL = 0.01 ppm  Figure 3.7 Comparative plot for all 1-hour SO2 concentrations  Table 3.16 shows this same information in a slightly different way. Here results are expressed as the number of times (i.e. the number of 1 hour periods) in which SO2 concentrations at the various stations exceeded various air quality objectives and guidelines over the 2½-year period. Table 3.16 Number of 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # of hours greater than or equal to (≥) standard 10-minute Federal WHO Federal ATSDR NOAEL % Acceptable 10-minute Desirable acute MRL 1-hour Obj. (UBC) Data Below 1-hour Obj. Guideline * Points LOD (0.34 ppm) (0.19 ppm) (0.17 ppm) (0.1 ppm) (0.01 ppm) 21444 21140 21241 11742 21086 21281 5437 21109  3.3 17.2 26.2 25.4 27.8 37.2 25.0 26.0  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 44 0 0  3089 691 490 299 993 1044 204 395  * Limit of Detection for SO2 = 0.001 ppm  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 29  3.4.2.2 Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations Similar results were found when we restricted the analysis to the maximum 1-hour concentration on each day. Summary tables and figures for these results are included in Appendix D. The daily maximum 1-hour results were used to construct Table 3.17, below, which shows the number of days on which the various air quality objectives and guidelines were met or exceeded at each station.  Table 3.17 Daily maximum 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # of days with maximum 1-hour concentration greater than or equal to (≥) standard Federal WHO Federal 10-minute % Acceptable 10-minute Desirable NOAEL ATSDR 1-hour Obj. (UBC) Data Below 1-hour Obj. Guideline acute MRL * Points LOD (0.34 ppm) (0.19 ppm) (0.17 ppm) (0.1 ppm) (0.01 ppm) 912 901 905 498 898 908 232 900  1.1 3.1 15.4 2.0 13.9 18.4 3.0 10.9  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0  593 251 173 97 219 287 67 170  * Limit of Detection for SO2 = 0.001 ppm  Comparing these results to those from Table 3.16, above, it is evident that several of the exceedances occurred on the same day. For example, the federal desirable 1-hour objective was exceeded during 21 1-hour periods and these occurred on 7 different days. Dates for each exceedance at the Capitol Hill monitoring stations are shown in Table 3.18 on the following page.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 30  Table 3.18 Dates of exceedances at station T23 (Capitol Hill)  Date  # of 1-hour concentrations greater than or equal to (≥) standard Federal Acceptable WHO 10-minute Federal Desirable 10-minute 1-hour Objective Guideline 1-hour Objective NOAEL (UBC) (0.34 ppm) (0.19 ppm) (0.17 ppm) (0.1 ppm)  17 March 1998 19 March 1998 31 August 1998 20 October 1998 21 October 1998 23 May 1999 08 September 1999 13 September 1999 01 October 1999 03 November 1999 22 December 1999 23 December 1999 26 December 1999 27 December 1999 29 January 2000 03 February 2000 25 June 2000  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 0  0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 10 0 0 0  2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 7 5 12 1 2 1  TOTAL  1  11  21  44  3.4.2.3 24-hour Averages Table 3.19 below summarizes the data for SO2 values averaged over 24 hours. As for the 1hour average results, the highest values were seen downtown; North Burnaby values were no different from other residential locations in the GVRD. Table 3.19 Summary of 24-hour average SO2 data  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  Max. # # # Missing Below Value Data (ppm) Points Points LOD  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Standard Deviation  Geo. † Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  911 894  1 18  15 56  0.022 0.020  0.0052 0.0029  0.0030 0.0018  0.0044 0.0025  1.82 1.76  898  14  213  0.018  0.0022  0.0017  0.0018  1.90  493 886 898 225  84 26 14 23  109 196 262 32  0.012 0.016 0.110 0.014  0.0024 0.0024 0.0030 0.0027  0.0018 0.0020 0.0057 0.0020  0.0019 0.0019 0.0019* 0.0021**  1.96 2.01 2.29 1.93  894  18  165  0.011  0.0021  0.0014  0.0018  1.79  † ANOVA test for homogeneity with log-transformed data, p<0.05; * p<0.05 comparing T23 to T1 and T2; p=0.08 for T4; p=0.80 for T9; p=0.23 for T26; T5 and T24 not included ** p>0.05 comparing T24 to all other stations combined  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 31  The frequency of 24-hour SO2 peaks was considerably lower than the frequency of 1-hour peaks, as shown in Figure 3.8 and Table 3.20 below. Over the 2½-year period, the federal desirable objective was exceeded on 3 consecutive days and a few smaller peaks were also evident.  Federal Acceptable 24-hour Average = 0.115 ppm  Federal Desirable 24-hour Average = 0.057 ppm  Figure 3.8 Comparative plot for 24-hour SO2 averages  Table 3.20 24-hour SO2 averages meeting or exceeding federal objectives  Station T1 Downtown T2 Kitsilano T4 Kensington Park T5 Confederation Park T9 Port Moody T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm T26 North Vancouver  # of days having 24-hour average greater than or equal to (≥) standard Data % Below Federal Acceptable 24-hour Federal Desirable 24-hour Points LOD Objective (0.115 ppm) Objective (0.057 ppm) 911 894  1.6 6.3  0 0  0 0  898  23.7  0  0  493 886 898 225  22.1 22.1 29.2 14.2  0 0 0 0  0 0 3* 0  894  18.5  0  0  * The three days exceeding the federal desirable 24-hour air quality objective at station T23 were December 23rd, 26th and 27th 1999.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 32  3.4.2.4 Time of Day Comparisons Time of day average concentrations for SO2 were calculated for stations at Capital Hill, Port Moody, Kitsilano, and North Vancouver. The upper figure shows Capitol Hill and Port Moody, both of which are affected by industrial operations; the lower figure shows Capitol Hill, Kitsilano and North Vancouver, all of which can be considered residential areas.  Limit of Detection  Limit of Detection  Figure 3.9 (a & b) Comparison of the time of day averages at residential and industrial stations  The average values appear to have a temporal pattern with lowest average values at Capitol Hill in the late afternoon. A similar trend, although not as pronounced, was seen at the other residential monitoring stations.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 33  Examination of the number of SO2 peaks exceeding 0.10 ppm plotted against time of day shows as similar pattern: the majority of SO2 peaks occurred during the night; approximately 40% occurring during the hours 7 am to 9 pm.  Figure 3.10 Number of times the 1-hour SO2 concentrations at station T23 exceeded the UBC suggested 10-minute guideline during each hour of the day  3.4.2.5 National Comparison - 1 hour Average Concentrations To compare the SO2 levels in North Burnaby to values seen in other Canadian communities with nearby petrochemical refineries, we compared the Capitol Hill data to data from Environment Canada's National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) network stations located near refineries in Saint John, Montreal, Sarnia and Edmonton. Information received from Environment Canada about the location of each of the NAPS stations suggested that station 90121 in Edmonton is the most similar to the North Burnaby stations with respect to distance from active refineries and tank farms. We did not compare any measures of refinery size or number as this was beyond the scope of this project. Therefore, these results cannot be interpreted as providing comparative information about refinery operations, or stack / fugitive emissions, rather only about community ambient concentrations.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 34  Comparison of average values, as shown in Table 3.21 indicate that the average SO2 levels in North Burnaby are lower than those seen in Saint John, Montreal, and Sarnia and similar to those seen in Edmonton. The same trend evident in the regional comparison is seen here in the national comparison. On the one hand, the North Burnaby SO2 concentrations tend to be extremely low (i.e. below detectable) on more occasions than elsewhere, but the maximum value was highest.  Table 3.21 Summary table for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations  Station  # Valid Points  # # Invalid Below Points LOD**  Max. Value (ppm)  Arith. Mean (ppm)  Geo. Standard Mean Deviation (ppm)  Geo. Standard Deviation  Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby*  20329 21285 21673 21716 21281  1559 603 215 172 569  0.381 0.163 0.295 0.069 0.390  0.0114 0.0071 0.0111 0.0027 0.0030  0.0186 0.0102 0.0216 0.0032 0.0100  4.61 3.06 3.12 2.29 2.50  4833 2911 727 4936 7908  0.0036 0.0038 0.0048 0.0018 0.0015  * Station T23 (Capitol Hill) used ** Limit of Detection for SO2 = 0.001ppm  Federal Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.34 ppm  WHO 10-minute Guideline = 0.19 ppm Federal Desirable 1-hour Objective =0.17 ppm UBC Suggested 10-minute Guideline = 0.10 ppm  ATSDR acute exposure MRL = 0.01 ppm  Figure 3.11 Comparative plot for national 1-hour SO2 concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 35  Table 3.22 Number of national 1-hour SO2 concentrations meeting or exceeding federal objectives and health-based guidelines  Station Saint John Montreal Sarnia Edmonton North Burnaby  3.4.3  Data Points  # of hours greater than or equal to (≥) standard ATSDR UBC Federal WHO Federal % 10-minute acute MRL 10-minute Desirable Below Acceptable 1-hr (0.34ppm) (0.19ppm) 1-hr (0.17ppm) (0.1ppm) (0.01ppm) LOD  20329 21285 21673 21716 21281  23.8 13.7 3.4 22.9 37.2  1 0 0 0 1  1 0 9 0 11  8 0 29 0 21  102 23 360 0 44  6356 4504 4885 630 1044  SO2 Health Impact  Because the monitoring data showed increased frequency of SO2 peaks in the North Burnaby area, compared to other locations in the GVRD, we examined in detail the evidence supporting various exposure guidelines and air quality objectives for SO2. 3.4.3.1 Health Assessment Methods We focused on the scientific literature on the health impacts of SO2 exposures in the range seen in North Burnaby, with particular emphasis on the potential impact of short-term peaks of exposure. Our review included retrieval and review of the summary documents describing guidelines from other agencies (e.g. Health Canada, World Health Organization, US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry), examination of the key source studies giving rise to these guidelines, and a search for scientific studies published after the summary documents were prepared. This search was carried out using the electronic databases PUBMED and MEDLINE and the following keywords: any of: SO2, sulphur dioxide, sulphur dioxide (and limited to: human studies). We also searched electronic sources for other scientific documents not indexed by PUBMED or MEDLINE but which had been subject to external review. This search led to a recent review of the California Air Quality standard for SO2 carried out by respected experts in this field from the University of Washington.9 In addition, we examined the comprehensive review carried out by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.10 The initial search resulted in 947 scientific articles retrieved. Titles for all of these were examined and abstracts retrieved for the 213 articles that described original research focusing on the health effects of SO2 exposure in humans. The abstracts were reviewed for relevance to this project (i.e. either experimental or epidemiological studies examining levels of exposure near to those seen here). Copies of 56 articles were obtained and reviewed in detail. Of these  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 36  articles, 21 were not cited in any of the review documents on which the exposure guidelines were based (i.e. they were published after the guideline reviews were carried out). 3.4.3.2 Results: Review of Findings from the Scientific Literature Sulphur dioxide is a colourless, pungent, water-soluble gas at ambient temperatures. The two major sources of SO2 in urban air are motor vehicle and industrial emissions. The effects on human health from inhalation of sulphur dioxide have been studied extensively. In the 1980's, several investigators carried out experimental studies with human volunteers to examine the effect of short-term exposures (i.e. hours or minutes). More recently, large epidemiologic studies have been carried out looking at the health effects of daily (24 hour) average SO2 concentrations in communities. These studies have been reviewed in detail and summary information is provided in Table 3.23, Table 3.24, and Table 3.25 below. The relevant findings from these studies are summarized below. Short-term exposure (< 1 hour): Inhalation of low concentrations of sulphur dioxide causes bronchoconstriction, which manifests itself as shortness of breath and wheeze. This effect has been demonstrated in the numerous controlled experimental studies with human subjects (in which persons are exposed in an exposure chamber). Symptoms are seen within two to three minutes after the initiation of exposure; continuing the exposure does not result in additional response. The response to sulphur dioxide is highly dependent on conditions such as temperature, humidity, route of inhalation, and presence of other pollutants, such as ozone. In addition, an individual's response to the same concentration of sulphur dioxide under the same experimental conditions can vary widely from time to time and responses vary between individuals. The severity of the response is dose dependent (i.e. the higher the SO2 concentration, the more symptoms will be felt). The threshold for bronchoconstriction and increased airway resistance (tightening of the airways leading to wheezing and chest tightness) is much lower for persons with asthma than for healthy subjects. For example, non-asthmatic adults did not show a physiologic change in their airways when exposed for 10 minutes to 3 ppm (3000 ppb) of SO2 administered directly by a mouthpiece11 or when exposed for 40 minutes (with 10 minutes of exercise) to 1 ppm (1000 ppb) of SO2 in an exposure chamber,12 whereas asthmatic subjects did experience bronchoconstriction in these experiments. In a random sample of residents from a West German city, only 2 of 679 subjects who had normal measures of non-specific airway responsiveness (i.e. likely to be non-asthmatic) responded to a 3 minute exposure of SO2 of 2 ppm, whereas 22% of hyper-responsive residents (i.e. likely to have asthma) responded.13 In many of the experimental studies with asthmatic subjects, the lowest concentration used was 500 ppb. In most studies, this exposure level produced little or no response when the North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 37  subject was at rest, but when ventilation rate and volume was increased, e.g. from exercise, most subjects experienced increased bronchoconstriction and/or airway resistance. This finding is consistent across most studies. We reviewed ten studies in which asthmatic subjects were exposed to SO2 levels below 500 ppb (0.5 ppm). In 4 of these studies, subjects were tested while at rest.12-15 All were studies of young to mid-aged adults. The SO2 concentrations at which no measurable response was seen ranged from 250 to 1000 ppb (the lowest concentrations used in each study for subjects at rest) for exposure times from 10 minutes to 6 hours. In the studies in which asthmatic adults were examined after experimental exposure to SO2 during exercise, responses were seen at considerably lower SO2 concentrations. Sheppard and colleagues14 exposed asthmatics to 250 and 500 ppb for 10 minutes with moderate exercise and found a significant increase in airway resistance in all 7 subjects at 500 ppb and 3 of 7 subjects at 250 ppb. In the 2 most responsive subjects, exposure to 100 ppb for 10 minutes resulted in significant increases in airway resistance, although to a lesser degree than at 250 or 500 ppb. Linn and colleagues16 examined the exposure-response relationship, with 23 asthmatics exposed to 200, 400, and 600 ppb SO2 during heavy exercise. Physiologic changes in airway calibre were seen starting with small (but not statistically significant) changes at 200 ppb and increasing at the higher concentrations. In a subsequent study, the same investigators found significant response in 8 asthmatics when exposed to 400 ppb but no response to 200 ppb.17 In a similar study, Schachter and colleagues12 found a significant airway response to 250 ppb SO2 exposure for 10 minutes in 2 of 10 asthmatic subjects. The changes were transient, returning to normal within 10 minutes after exercise ceased. In a series of studies, Roger, Horstman and colleagues also studied exposure-response relationships and found no significant airway response, on average, among asthmatics exposed to 250 ppb SO2 for 75 minutes;18 however, when they investigated the distribution of individual responses, they found that 6 of 27 male asthmatics had a significant increase in airway resistance (defined as 100% increase in resistance compared to breathing clean air) at concentrations less than 500 ppb with the minimum response at 280 ppb.19 Among asthmatics, the extent of an individual's response to sulphur dioxide cannot be predicted based on the severity of his or her asthma or degree of non-specific bronchial responsiveness.13;19 Two recent experimental studies have examined the response to low levels of SO2 exposure when combined with ozone. In one, 41 children (5 with a history of asthma) were exposed to a mixture of 100 ppb SO2, 100 ppb ozone, and sulphuric acid aerosol (varying, but with average of 100 ug/m3) for 4 hours, with intermittent exercise. Measures of airflow were recorded after 2 hours and 4 hours of exposure and symptoms were recorded during and after the exposure period. Results were compared to a similar experiment with clean air in the chamber. As a group, no significant changes were found when the responses on the pollutionexposure day were compared to responses on the clean air day. Because the sulphuric acid dose varied somewhat, it was possible to examine the relationship between acid dose and response. Among subjects with a history of allergy or asthma, more symptoms were reported when sulphuric acid dose was highest.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 38  Another recent study of the interaction of SO2 and ozone responsiveness among asthmatics was carried out by Trenga and colleagues.20 These investigators exposed 13 adult asthmatics to 100 and 250 ppb SO2 for 10 minutes with and without prior exposure to ozone (45 minutes at 120 ppb, with intermittent exercise). They found a significant decrease in air flow (FEV1) after exposure to 100 ppb SO2 when the subjects had been previously exposed to ozone, but no significant response without prior ozone exposure. We were able to find only one epidemiologic study in which the effect of very short term exposure to SO2 levels were examined. This was a study carried out in an Australian copper and lead smelter town. Emergency room visits and hospitalizations for asthma were compared to the daily maximum 5 minute SO2 concentration. Concentrations ranged from 0 to 3300 ppb (with over 50% of days having a 5 minute peak over 300 ppb). No relationship was seen between SO2 peaks and hospital or emergency room visits for asthma. Medium-term exposure (~24 hours): The health effects of changes in the 24-hour average ambient concentration of sulphur dioxide have been examined in community air pollution epidemiological studies. Almost by definition, in these studies, the exposure consists of a mixture of pollutants; therefore, results reflect the effect of sulphur dioxide in the presence of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and ozone. These studies indicate that increased 24-hour average exposure to levels of SO2 in ambient air is independently, but weakly, associated with increased daily mortality. Although in most studies it has been difficult to separate the effect of SO2 from the effect of other air pollutants, a recent combined analysis of air pollution levels and total mortality from 12 European cities found an independent effect of SO2 pollution.21 The study results indicated that each increase of 50 ug/m3 (19 ppb) increased daily mortality by 3% in Western European cities and 1% in Eastern European cities. The average 24-hour ambient SO2 levels in the cities studied ranged from 11 to 125 ppb (compared to an average of 3 ppb, at the North Burnaby monitoring stations). Several epidemiological studies have shown significant associations between 24-hour ambient sulphur dioxide levels and acute exacerbations of symptoms among persons with asthma.22-27 Of these studies, the one with the lowest SO2 adverse effect level was the UK study of Buchdahl et al. In this study, a 12% increase in emergency room visits for wheezy episodes was associated with an incremental increase in SO2 exposure of 5.4 ppb, over an average level of approximately 8 ppb. In the other studies cited, adverse effects were associated with higher 24-hour average exposures levels. Although daily average SO2 concentrations have been linked to asthma exacerbations in these studies, there does not appear to be any evidence suggesting that SO2 concentrations in the levels seen in community studies is linked to the development of new asthma. In a study comparing the prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms among 8th and 9th grade children resident in several small towns in a petrochemical region in France to children in North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 39  other towns with low air pollution, no association was seen between the symptoms or asthma ambient SO2 levels.28 In the petrochemical industry towns, 24-hour average ambient SO2 concentrations ranged from 6.6 to 22 ppb. Long-term, chronic exposure (months, years): The long-term effects of chronic exposure to sulphur dioxide in ambient air have also been examined in epidemiological studies. Here again, the human health effects of sulphur dioxide are difficult to separate from the effects of other pollutants. In general, these studies indicate that chronic exposure to ambient sulphur dioxide is not likely to be associated with an increased incidence or prevalence of asthma or asthma-like conditions. However, chronic exposure may increase the airway response to other allergens. Chronic exposures are associated with an increased prevalence of respiratory complaints and COPD. In most studies, these effects have not been clearly shown to be independent of other pollutants. Summary and justification for UBC health based comparison value Based on this review of the scientific literature, the ‘lowest adverse effect level’ seen for persons with asthma was in the range of 8 ppb in the Buchdahl study described above.23 As this value is higher than the 24-hour average levels seen in North Burnaby, and as concentrations in North Burnaby were not elevated over other GVRD residential areas, a further review of 24-hour average SO2 guidelines was not warranted. In contrast, the results from this literature review suggest that the lowest adverse effect level for short-term peaks of SO2 (as short as 10 minutes) is in the range of 100 ppb. At concentrations in the 1000 ppb (1 ppm) range, no adverse effects were seen among persons without asthma. However, at concentrations in the 250-300 ppb range consistent changes in lung function were seen among asthmatics; in two studies, exacerbation of asthma symptoms were seen in some subjects at concentrations in the 100 pbb range. In one of these studies, responses were seen in 2 of 7 subjects; in the other, responses were seen only when ozone was included in the exposure chamber. Based on the first of studies, and applying a 10 fold ‘safety or uncertainty factor’ the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry identified 10 ppb as a Minimal Risk Level. For the purposes of this report, we have indicated 100 ppb as a “UBC health based comparison value” to provide readers with a point of reference based on the health findings we have reviewed. Short-term SO2 peaks near this level may contribute to exacerbations of asthma among some residents with asthma. Short-term SO2 peaks above this level (in the 200-300 ppb range) may affect a greater proportion of asthmatic residents.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 40  < 500 ppb  LOAEL: 200 ppb  FEVI, Vmax50, Vmax75, FRC, RT  Specific Airways Resistance, FEV1, FEV2, FEV3, FVC, Vmax25, 50 & 75 and respiratory symptom questionnaire Specific Airways Resistance Specific Airways Resistance  200 ppb, 400 ppb and 600 ppb SO2 during 5 min heavy exercise, chamber exposure. 0.5ppm SO2, 5 min + mod/heavy exercise, exposure chamber Exposure to 0.5ppm SO2 via facemask while exercising at 250, 500 and 750 kilopond m/min for five minutes  9 adolescent asthmatics  23 asthmatic adults, 1931 years  10 nonsmoking asthmatic adults, 22-36 years  1983 30  198316  1983 31  1983  9 asthmatic adults  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  32  6 asthmatic adults  - 500 ppb and 1 ppm of SO2 with NaCl in droplets; 10 min with moderate exercise; mouthpiece exposure. - 500 ppb SO2 with NaCl; 10 min with moderate exercise; face piece exposure.  1982  Specific Airways Resistance  500 ppb SO2 5 min, via facemask (oronasal and nasal breathing) and via mouthpiece while exercising.  13 non-smoking asthmatic adults, 20-30 years  198114  29  Specific Airways Resistance  - 250 ppb, 500 ppb SO2, 10 min with and without moderate exercise, - 100 ppb SO2, 10 min with and without exercise in 2 responders at 250 ppb - 1 ppm SO2 for 5 min with exercise or hyperventilation - Mouthpiece exposure  Asthmatics < 500 ppb  < 500 ppb  < 500 ppb  LOAEL: 100 ppb (asthmatics )  NOAEL: 3 ppm (nonasthmatics)  Specific Airways Resistance  1, 3 and 5 ppm SO2 by mouthpiece, 10 min  7 asthmatics, 7 atopics 7 normals, adults age 23-37 years  1980 11  Threshold Dose  Exposure  Subjects  Reference  Health Effect Measured  Table 3.23 Controlled human experiments examining pulmonary effects of exposure to SO2  -  Page 41  - Bronchoconstriction occurred at 750 kilopond m/min, but not at 500 and 250 when inhaling oronasally. - Bronchoconstriction occurred at 750 and 500 when inhaling by mouthpiece.  -  -  -  -  -  -  Significant increase in specific airways resistance  Breathing 500 ppm of SO2 through a mouthpiece via facemask during exercise significantly increased specific airways resistance in all six subjects. Nasal breathing caused increase in specific airways resistance in 5 out of 6 subjects. Changes in pulmonary function not seen at rest. Changes more consistent when exposure through mouthpiece than through facemask. 0.5ppm SO2 X 2-3min – RT increased by 47%; FEVI, Vmax50 and Vmax75 decreased by 15, 30 and 35%, respectively 1.0ppm SO2 X 2-3min – RT increased by 71%; FEVI, Vmax50 and Vmax75 decreased by 23, 51 and 61%, respectively. Physiologic changes in dose-response fashion starting with small (not significant) changes at 200 ppb and increasing at higher doses. Significant increase in symptoms at all exposures, with dose-response trend. -  -  -  Significant increase in SRaw with both 250 (3 of 7 subjects) and 500 ppb (all 7 subjects) with exercise (no response at rest). In 2 subjects exposed to 100 ppb – significant increase in SRaw. Response to hyperventilation similar strength to response to exercise, but more sudden in onset.  Bronchoconstriction in asthmatics at all concentrations, whereas normal and atopic subjects responded only at 5 ppm.  -  -  Key Findings  Asthmatics < 500 ppb Asthmatics, threshold for bronchoconstriction to 1 ppm: 2 min  Specific Airways Resistance (SRaw)  Specific Airways Resistance and ratings of respiratory symptoms with asthma Specific Airways Resistance and responsiveness to SO2  250 ppb, 500 ppb, and 1 ppm SO2 for 10 min, with moderate exercise; Chamber exposure  500 ppb and 1 ppm of SO2 for 1, 3 and 5 min, via mouthpiece  5 min. exercise then 1 ppm SO2 with continued exercise for 0.5, 1, 2 and 5 min; Chamber exposure 250 ppm NO2 or 500 ppb SO2 , 30 min, followed by test of SO2 responsiveness (hyperventilation with 750 ppb SO2); Mouthpiece exposure  27 male asthmatic adults  8 non-smoking asthmatic adults  12 male asthmatic adults, known to be hypersensitive to SO2  14 non-smoking mild asthmatic adults  198619  198735  198836  1990  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  37  1985  n/a  Asthmatics LOAEL: 280 ppb  Asthmatics NOAEL: 250 ppb  -  Page 42  Tidal breathing of NO2 increased airway response to subsequent hyperventilation to SO2, but tidal breathing of SO2 had no significant effect on subsequent SO2 responsiveness.  Significant bronchoconstriction after 2 min of exposure to 1.0ppm of SO2 in asthmatics known to be hypersensitive to SO2  For exposures at 1, 3, and 5 minutes: 500 ppb – 34%, 173% and 234% increase in SRaw 1 ppm – 93%, 395% and 580% increase in SRaw 7 persons developed wheezing, chest tightness and dyspnea after 500 ppm for 3-5 min -  -  6 subjects had 100% increase in SAR at SO2 concentration less than 500 ppb (minimum: 280 ppb) -  -  -  Airway resistance increased after 500 ppb and 1 ppm compared to clean air. Response greatest after 1st exercise periods.  28 male asthmatics, 1934 years  18  Specific Airways Resistance measured after each exercise period Specific Airways Resistance (responsiveness: 100%increase compared to clean air)  250 ppb, 500 ppb, and 1 ppm SO2 for 75 min, with 3 10 min periods of moderate exercise, chamber exposure  8 adult asthmatics, 1830 years  198434  Asthmatics NOAEL: 200 ppb  Physiologic measures symptoms (immed. after exposure and 1 day and 1 wk later)  200 ppb, 400 ppb, 600 ppb SO2, 5 min + heavy exercise, at low and high humidity; 600 ppb SO2, in cold and warm air; Chamber exposure  198412  10 asthmatic and 10 non-asthmatic adults  Normal subjects had no significant response Asthmatics no response at rest to 1.0ppm SO2 Asthmatics consistent changes at 0.75ppm All group changes were transient, returning to normal 10 min after exercise - 2 of 10 subjects responded to 250 ppb - Physiologic measures and symptoms significantly increased after 400 ppb (but not 200 ppb), under both humidity conditions - Response similar to 600 ppb in both temperature conditions - Effect reversible within 24 hours  Asthmaitcs LOAEL: 250 ppb No asthma: NOAEL: 1ppm  FEVI, Vmax50, MEF 40%, Raw immediately and 5, 10, 15, 25, 40, 50 and 60 min after exercise  250 ppb, 500 ppb, 750 ppb and 1 ppm for 40 min, with 10 min mild exercise, 1 ppm SO2 for 40 min at rest; Chamber exposure  1983 -  - Significant response to 750 ppb SO2 under all conditions, increased with forced mouth breathing  Asthmatics < 750 ppb  Specific Airways Resistance Symptom questionnaires pulmonary function tests  750 ppb SO2 during heavy exercise once while breathing freely (chamber) and once by mouthpiece breathing  23 non-smoking young adult asthmatics,  33  Key Findings  Threshold Dose  Health Effect Measured  Exposure  Subjects  Reference  500 ppb for 10 minutes during moderate exercise, mouthpiece exposure  62 asthmatic adults, 1855 years  13 asthmatic adults  199939  2000 40  200120 Change in FEV1  Drop in FEV1 – if 8% or more, responsive; blood levels of antioxidants pre- and post-exposure. Drop in FEV1 – if 12% or more, responsive buccal cells analysed for genetic polymorphisms. Asthmatics LOAEL: 100 ppb after ozone  Asthmatics < 500 ppb  Asthmatics < 500 ppb  -  -  -  -  -  -  Page 43  After exposure to ozone, significant reduction in FEV1 after exposure to 100ppb of SO2. No significant change is seen without prior exposure to ozone.  21% responsive Significant association between responsiveness to SO2 and homozygous wild type (TNF-1) allele for TNF alpha  53% responsive (mean FEV1 drop: 17.2%) Response not related to severity of asthma  Prevalence of SO2 hyper-responsiveness (20% drop in FEV1 with 2 ppm SO2 or less) 2.5% men/ 4.6% women (and only 1 of these was not responsive to methacholine) No subjects responded at 250 ppb; 2 asthmatics responded at 500 ppb. No association between SO2 responsiveness and methacholine responsiveness.  -  NOAEL asthmatics: 250 ppb nonasthmatics: 1 ppm  Symptoms by questionnaire, lung function tests, test of bronchial hyperresponsiveness to SO2  No significant difference in response to air compared to SO2 or NO2. SO2 and NO2 combined decreased amount of allergen required to cause 20% reduction in FEVI by about 60%.  - No significant response to exposure to SO2. - Asthmatics had increased symptoms related to estimated sulphuric acid dose.  -  -  Key Findings  NOAEL asthmatics: 100 ppb  NOAEL asthmatics, at rest: 400 ppm  Threshold Dose  Symptom diaries, hourly recording PEFR, FVC, FEVI  FEVI, FVC and cumulative breath units of allergen required to produce a 20% drop in FEVI  Health Effect Measured  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  100 ppb and 250 ppb SO2 alone and after 45 min of exposure to 120 ppb ozone  500 ppb for 10 minutes during moderate exercise, mouthpiece exposure  47 asthmatic adults, 1839 years  199713  200 ppb SO2 and 400 ppb NO2 singly and combined for 6 hours, at rest followed by an allergen challenge (house dust mite) 10 min after exposure; Chamber exposure Mixture of 100 ppbSO2 and 100 ppb ozone + sulphuric acid, for 4 hours, with intermittent exercise; Chamber exposure  Exposure  Consecutive 3-minute exposures to increasing concentrations of SO2 by mouthpiece (250, 500, 1000, 2000 ppb), at rest.  41 children, 9-12 years --5 with asthma --21 with allergy --15 healthy  10 mild atopic asthmatic adults, 18-45 years  Subjects  Random sample of residents of Hamburg, Germany, aged 20-44 (n=790)  1997  38  1994  15  Reference  22  Ambient O3, NO2, CO, SO2 24 hour average values, citywide averages. SO2 range: 0.7 – 10.5 ppb Ambient NO2, SO2, O3, particles, allergens; 24 hour average values  11 Canadian cities, 19801991  1076 children presenting at emergency room with wheezing or asthma, Tel Aviv  38 asthmatic subjects, Landskrona, Sweden  84 asthmatic children in Paris classified into two groups of severity  Population based, time series study  Time-series  Panel study, 1 year  Panel study, 10 wks  Prospective observation al study  199721  1998  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  24  199845  1998  44  1998  Ambient NO2, SO2 24 hour average values SO2: mean 13.6 ug/m3 (5.2 ppb), range 5.2-65 ug/m3 (2-25 ppb) Air pollutant levels (black smoke, PM10, NO2, SO2); 24 hour average values SO2 mean: 21.7 ug/m3 (8.2 ppb)/ range: 4.4 – 83.8 ug/m3 (1.7 – 32 ppb)  Deaths from all nonaccidental causes  Ambient SO2 and PM10 (24 hour average values)  Residents of 12 European cities  Cohort  199642  43  Relative risk of death from any cause, all ages  High levels of ambient SO2, moderate particulate matter and low acidity  155 children with asthma and 102 adults with asthma  Prospective time series  1996 23  Incidence and prevalence of asthma attacks; symptoms and use of beta-2 agonists, PEF value and variability  Daily diaries: symptoms, medication use, peak flow variability  Peak Expiratory Flow  Emergency room visits for acute wheezy episodes  Ambient SO2, NO2 and ozone (24 hour average)  1025 children attending the accident and emergency department with acute wheezy episodes; 4285 children with other conditions as controls  Number of emergency visits for asthma  Ambient air pollutant levels  Emergency visits to a major paediatric hospital in Mexico City, Jan-Jun 1990  Hospital admissions for asthma and acute respiratory disease  Outcome Measure  Cohort  Ambient SO2 and smoke 24 hour average levels  All residents of Birmingham, UK , all ages  Retrospective, time series  Exposure Measure  Subjects  Type  199541  1994  Ref  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  Page 44  For a 50µg/m3 (19 ppb) increase in SO2: OR of asthma attack on same day 2.86  Prevalence of severe asthma symptoms associated with NO2 but not with SO2.  100µg/m3 (38 ppb) increase in SO2 – associated with 4 (0 to 7) more asthma admissions and 15.5 (6 to 25) more respiratory admissions each day. Levels of ozone and sulphur dioxide were significantly related to the number of emergency visits for asthma No significant association between air pollution and emergency room attendance in control group. Strongest association for ozone. Weaker association for SO2 RR for emergency room visit for wheezy episodes was 1.12 for each 14.1 µg/m3 (5.4 ppb) increase in SO2. PEF decreased an average of 0.90% (1.35 to 0.46) in association with an increase of 128µg/m3 (50 ppb) of SO2. Showed an effect of SO2 on daily mortality independent of TSP Effect is short-term For each 50µg/m3 (19 ppb) increase in SO2 3% increase in mortality in W. European cities; 1% in E. European cities 1.4% increase in mortality associated with SO2 exposure comparing the mean value to 0 exposure (over all cities) Vancouver results – no association between SO2 and mortality No detailed analysis carried out (correlations only) ER visit frequency (weekly averages) correlated with SO2 and NO2 levels  Key Findings  Table 3.24 Epidemiologic studies of community air pollution (24 hour average levels) with reference to SO2 impacts on health  Children in Belfast  Ambient air pollution measures 24 hour average values pollen and fungal spore counts  57 adults and children with asthma in Vancouver  Ambient PM10, SO2, NOx, O3, CO, benzene; 24 hour average values SO2: mean 12.6 ppb, warm season; 20.4 ppb cold season benzene: mean 1.1 ppb  Ambient data for SO2, NO2, O3 24 hour average values; SO2: city averages range: 17.3 – 57.4 ug/m3 (6.6 – 22 ppb)  th  8 and 9 grade children in Etang-de-Berre region of France (several small towns in a petrochemical production region) and 2 other towns (low pollution)  th  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Time series  200148  2001  Panel study  Crosssectional study  47  2000  28  Time series  199927  Emergency room visits for asthma during 3 year period  Asthma exacerbations with colds compared to asthma exacerbations without colds  Hospitalizations or ER visits for asthma  Residents of Seattle, age 65 and younger  Time series  199946  Children in Singapore  Hospital admissions for asthma compared to appendicitis  Ambient air pollution measures 24 hour average values SO2: 10th – 90th %ile: 3-13 ppb  Over 250,000 registered patients in 45-47 London GP’s practices  Retrospective time series  199926  Ambient air pollution measures 24 hour average values SO2: mean 38.1 ug/m3 (14.5 ppb) range: 3-141 ug/m3 (1 - 54 ppb)  GP consultations for asthma and lower respiratory diseases  Ambient air pollution measures 24 hour average values  Residents of London, all ages, 1992-1994  Cohort, time series  Accident and emergency visits for all respiratory complaints and asthma  Air pollutant levels in London, SO2: 24 hour average values; mean = 21.2 ug/m3 (88 ppb), range = 7.4 – 82.2 ug/m3 (3-31 ppb)  199925  Outcome Measure  Exposure Measure  Subjects  Type  Ref  Results significant for children aged 3-12 but not for 13-21 year olds Increased of 2.9 ER visits/day associated with each 20 ug/m3 (7.6 ppb) increase in SO2, on days when SO2 was above 50 ug/m3 (19 ppb) No significant association with SO2 when days with exposures above 19 ppb were excluded -  -  Page 45  SO2 levels slightly higher 3 days before asthma exacerbations with colds compared to asthma exacerbations without colds. (4.9 ppm v. 3.0 ppb) RR for ER visits 1.09 for a doubling of SO2 values / and similar results for all other pollutants. When benzene was included in model as indicator of motor vehicle emissions, no significant association with any pollutant. -  After adjustment for family history of asthma, history of respiratory disease in infancy, socioeconomic status, and passive smoking – no association between SO2 and asthma or any respiratory symptoms. -  -  -  Asthma admissions associated with PM10 and CO but not with SO2  Increase in visits compared to 10th to 90th %ile change in pollutant level (for SO2: from 13 to 31 ug/m3 or 5 to 12 ppb). 2.8% increase in visits for all respiratory symptoms (6% in children, 2.7% in adults aged 15-64, no change in elderly). 4.9% increase in visits for asthma (10% in children, 4.2% in adults aged 15-64). Results slightly lower (but still significantly elevated) when other pollutants were taken into account. Results significant in children only SO2 increase from 13.4 to 28.4 ug/m3 (5-11 ppb) associated with 9% increase in asthma consultations (warm months only) and 5.8% increase in consultation for other lower respiratory diseases.  -  -  -  -  -  -  Key Findings  198650  1999  High levels of ambient SO2, moderate particulate matter and low acidity  Annual means of SO2 and TSP  155 children with asthma and 102 adults with asthma  7 year old children in four differently polluted areas of East Germany, and two differently polluted areas of East Germany (19090 in all)  Cohort  Cohort prospective  Odds Ratios for infectious and allergic airways diseases: Pneumonia, bronchitis, >=5, colds/year, tonsillitis, cough, eye and nose irritation, wheezing, bronchial asthma, hay fever, allergy, eczema  Peak Expiratory Flow  ODDS RATIO of reported asthma/wheezy bronchitis, cough and phlegm  X-sectional  ambient SO2 and smoke, county of residence (annual values: mean, median, 98th %ile) SO2 range: 2-33 ppb annual average  hospital visits for asthma, summed for each 3 month period  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute respiratory symptoms questionnaire  11, 552 23 year olds in UK National Child Development Survey  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  54  199642  1995  53  ambient NO2, SO2, NO, O3, TSP, RSP 3 month average levels, SO2 range: 43-218 ug/m3 (16-83 ppb)  ambient values for Photochemical air pollution, assigned using monthly residence zip code histories monthly average levels  PEF decreased an average of 0.90% (1.35 to 0.46) in association with an increase of 128µg/m3 of SO2 -  Page 46  Reduced TSP and SO2 in East German cities was associated with a decrease in infectious airways diseases - An effect on allergic airways disease could not be detected -  No evidence of variation in odds ratio for any of the four respiratory symptoms. across the SO2 exposure groups -  -  Negative correlation between SO2 and hospital visits for asthma for the same quarter Positive correlation for SO2 level and hospital visits for subsequent quarter - Levels of ozone and sulphur dioxide were significantly related to the number of emergency visits for asthma  -  No significant association between SO2 and chronic respiratory symptoms  Pulmonary function parameters not associated with levels of pollutants - Frequency of cough associated with all three pollutants when comparing across cities but not within each city  FEVI, FVC, cough, bronchitis, chest illness, lower respiratory illness index, wheeze (symptoms from a questionnaire) -  cough prevalence increased in the high exposure regions (highest in the highest exposure region) - no relationship between pollution level and lung function -  Key Findings  Questionnaire: asthma, attacks of breathlessness with wheeze, cough, sputum production Pulmonary function testing  Outcome Measure  Number of emergency visits for asthma  Cohort  199541  Exposure Measure Ambient SO2 SO4; TSP annual average values SO2 103µg/m3 (39 ppb) in high exposure region; peak three hour averages exceeded 2500µg/m33 (950 ppb); 24 hour average values exceeded 365 ug/m3 (139 ppb) 42 times ambient TSP, sulphate fraction of TSP, (TSO4) and SO2, annual average values, in year prior to examination, lifetime average, and 2 years following birth SO2 City annual mean values range: 3.2 – 184.0 ug/m3 (1-70 ppb)  ambient air pollutant levels  retrospectiv e, time series  199052  1988  X-sectional  Repeated crosssectional study  51  10,106 children living in six cities in the eastern and Midwest U.S.  Cohort  198549  7445 Seventh Day Adventists >25 years of age, living in areas ranging from high to low photochemical pollution 13620 hospital discharges for asthma in Hong Kong from the second quarter of 1983 to the end of 1987 Emergency visits to a major paediatric hospital in Mexico City, Jan-Jun 1990  Children living in different areas of three towns, two of which were copper smelter towns  Subjects  Type  Ref  Table 3.25 Epidemiologic studies of community air pollution (long term average levels) with reference to SO2 impacts on health  children (7-10 years) in two districts in Prague  crosssectional study  200055  Outcome Measure questionnaire: wheezing or whistling in the chest in the past 12 months  Exposure Measure outdoor concentration– 50 sites during a 2 wk period, averaged for each site exposure assigned to each child based on home and school location SO2 median: 73.9 ug/m3 (28 ppb) modelled annual average value  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Subjects  Type  Ref -  Page 47  no significant association between SO2 level (ecologic or individual) and prevalence of wheezing  Key Findings  3.4.4  SO2 - Risk Assessment  3.4.4.1 Critical Effect Relevant to North Burnaby Residents The average 24-hour and annual concentrations of SO2 in the North Burnaby area do not appear to be sufficiently high to contribute to respiratory symptoms or other adverse health outcomes among residents who are not asthmatic. This is also true for short-term peak exposures with respect to non-asthmatic residents. However, the literature does suggest that exacerbation of asthma symptoms, among some residents with asthma, could result from short-term peaks in SO2 ambient concentrations as low as 100 ppb. In this next section of the report, we estimate the number of asthmatics likely to be affected, based on the frequency of SO2 peaks in this range. We have based this estimate on several calculations: • • •  estimated frequency of 10 minute SO2 peaks (using a US EPA model) estimated number of asthmatics in North Burnaby (using data from other Canadian studies) estimated probability of being outdoors (or indoors with windows open), in an area near Capitol Hill, engaging in moderate exercise, during an SO2 peak episode  3.4.4.2 Quantitative Estimate of the Impact of Short-Term SO2 Peaks Estimate of the frequency of 10-minute SO2 peaks Unfortunately, although the SO2 levels are monitored continuously by the GVRD monitoring equipment, storage of continuous data requires large amounts of computer space, therefore, data are only archived as 1-hour average values. To quantify the health impact of shorter-term peak exposures, it was necessary to estimate the frequency of 10minute peak exposures over specified ambient concentrations. We used a method developed by the US EPA (see details in Appendix C) to estimate the expected distribution of 10-minute SO2 values, based on the 1-hour data available to us. The figure below shows the 90th to 99.99th percentile values from that estimated distribution plotted against SO2 concentration.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 48  Figure 3.12 Estimated upper percentile values for SO2 for a 10minute averaging period at station T23 on Capitol Hill  From this plot, it is possible to estimate the proportion (and thus the number) of exceedances over any given value. In section 3.1.4 above, we reported that the World Health Organization’s 10-minute guideline for SO2 is 0.19ppm. As shown, a line drawn from 0.19 ppm to the cumulative percentile line shows that 0.19 ppm falls at approximately the 99.85th percentile for all 10 minute averaging periods. This means that 99.85% of all 10-minute SO2 values between January 1998 and June 2000 were likely to be less than 0.19 ppm, and that 0.15% of the values were likely to be greater. This value of 0.15% represents approximately 80 exceedances per year (given 52,560 10 minute intervals in a year). Similarly, using a cutoff of 0.10 ppm (100 ppb), which is the lowest value at which health effects were seen in asthmatics (when exercising) in the studies reviewed above, we would predict approximately 140 exceedances of this value per year. This method does not distinguish among 10-minute periods occurring on the same day. It is likely that of 140 10-minute intervals with ambient concentrations over 100 ppb, several of these could occur on the same day. This was seen to be the case for the 1-hour data. Of the 44 one-hour exceedances of 100 ppb, these occurred on 14 days. If the same proportion were true for the predicted 10 minute exceedances, we would predict about 50 to 60 days with at least one 10 minute value over 100 ppb.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 49  Estimate of the number of asthmatics in North Burnaby The prevalence of asthma in North Burnaby is not known, however the prevalence among Greater Vancouver adults aged 20-44, of having an asthma attack in the past 12 months, was 6.1% in men and 5.2% in women.56 This is consistent with rates seen across Canadian cities. Among pre-school children in Manitoba 11.7% of boys and 7% of girls required medical attention for asthma at some time between birth and age 4.57 Among school aged children, the lifetime prevalence of asthma (ever having asthma) was reported as 17% in Medicine Hat, 12.8% in Red Deer, 19.2% in Hamilton, and 12.2% in Saskatoon.58;59 Based on the Statistics Canada census data described in Table 2.1 above, and applying these asthma prevalence rates, we can estimate the number of asthmatics expected in the area as shown below. For this calculation, we used the Greater Vancouver asthma rates for all adults, an average of the Canadian rates for children aged 5 to 19, and the Manitoba rates for preschool children (birth to age 4). Table 3.26 Expected number of persons with asthma* in study area  Age group 0-4 5-19 20-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL  within 2 km radius of refinery Total Male Female 136 813 710 388 209 2257  90 424  46 389  385 211 103 1214  325 177 106 1043  within the area bounded by Hastings, Boundary, and Fell Total Male Female 61 312 318 168 101 961  41 166  20 146  173 92 47 519  145 76 55 442  * for adults: asthma attack in past year, for children, cumulative incidence of asthma  Estimate of the number of asthmatics likely to be affected by an SO2 peak at a given time The estimates of population and number of asthmatic apply to the entire study areas considered. However, the monitoring data suggest that SO2 peaks are more likely to occur in the Capital Hill area than elsewhere within these boundaries, as the frequent peaks were not seen at the tank farm or Kensington Park monitoring stations. Furthermore, the health studies suggested that symptoms are less likely to occur when the asthmatic person is at rest, therefore we need to take into account the likelihood that an asthmatic person would be in the area of concern, engaging in some kind of light to moderate activity (e.g. walking, gardening, playing). We do not have sufficient Canadian data to provide good estimates of the actual probability that a resident with asthma would be engaging in exercise, at the time of an SO2 peak episode, in an area where the SO2 peak would be felt. Clearly, not all asthmatic residents in the area would be exposed during each peak episode. Therefore, to carry out this estimate we used two approaches – one was to use rough estimates based on our own experiences as North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 50  Greater Vancouver residents, guided by input from the community; the other was to use activity data from the US Exposure Factors Handbook and to carry out a Monte Carlo simulation in which ranges of activity patterns are input rather than single estimates. The results from the rough estimates approach are included first as this approach is easier for the average reader to understand. Both approaches gave very similar results. The rough estimate approach: An estimate of the area under the SO2 time of day graph suggests that about 40% of the peaks occur at times when people are more likely to be outdoors (7-9 am and 3-9 pm). This is also the time when adults may be exercising and children playing. We estimate that about 30% of residents may be outdoors during these periods (or indoors but still exposed due to local conditions and windows or doors open). Of these, about 50% of the adults and 75% of the children may be engaging in light to moderate exercise (i.e. not ‘at rest’) during these time windows. Of this group, about 25% may be in the Capital Hill area or another area in which the SO2 concentration is elevated. Not all of these persons would be expected to experience exacerbation of their asthma symptoms. In the key study in which airway resistance was found to be increased in asthmatics exposed to 100 ppb, this only occurred in about 1/3 of adult subjects.14 We used these estimates to estimate the number of persons expected to be adversely affected by the SO2 peaks. Thus, the number of peak exposure incidents: 40% of 140 peaks = about 50-60 peak incidents at times when people are likely to be outdoors; and, the number of days with peak incidents: 40% of 54 days with peaks = about 20-25 days with peak incidents at times when people are likely to be outdoors. The number of asthmatics expected to be at risk: about 4% ( or 30% X 50% X 25% ) of 588 to 1308 adult asthmatics and about 6% (or 30% X 75% X 25%) of 373 to 949 child asthmatics exercising in an area where a peak exposure may occur. Based on these rough calculations, we would predict that about 5% of all persons with asthma in the region near the refinery, or about 40 to 80 North Burnaby residents, may be at risk during each SO2 peak episode, of whom about 1/3, or about 15 to 30 persons may have an exacerbation of asthma symptoms during each episode. This may occur on any one of about 20-25 days in a year as a result of SO2 peaks in the neighbourhood.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 51  The Monte Carlo simulation approach: For the simulation, we used MS Excel and a Monte Carlo simulation program (Crystal Ball), 10,000 runs (i.e. repeated the calculations 10,000 times to obtain a range of calculated results), and the following assumptions: • • • •  number of asthmatics o uniform distribution (range: children 349 – 885 / adults 558-1308) probability of being outdoors, engaged in activity between 7 am and 9 pm60 o log normal distribution (geometric mean: 0.2, GSD 2) probability of being in a ‘high’ exposure area o log normal distribution (geometric mean: 0.25, GSD 1.5) probability of having symptoms given exposure o uniform distribution (range: 25-40%)  Applying the probabilities to the number of asthmatics in the region, this calculation predicts that an average of 33 persons (median 24, 5th to 95th percentile range: 5 to 110) may have an exacerbation of asthma symptoms during each episode. As with the rough estimate above, this may occur on any one of about 20-25 days in a year as a result of SO2 peaks in the neighbourhood. Summary Based on either calculation approach, the resulting conclusion is similar: that on any one of about 20-25 days in a year, between 15 and 35 North Burnaby residents with asthma may experience an exacerbation of their asthma symptoms as a result of an short term (10 minute) SO2 peak episode.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 52  3.5 Total Reduced Sulphur Compounds (TRS) 3.5.1  TRS Exposure Evaluation  Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS) compounds are oxygen-less, sulphur-containing gases. The major component of TRS is hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a colourless gas with a distinctive odour of rotten eggs. Other main components include methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulphide, and dimethyl disulphide. The relative composition of these components will vary depending on the source. Most TRS compounds react readily with atmospheric compounds and therefore do not extend long distances. Consequently, the GVRD monitoring stations that analyse TRS are those located near industrial sources. This is true of all Canadian monitoring stations (as well as those in other countries). Although there are no 'residential' comparison values available, in the absence of an obvious source (such as a sulphur hot spring or marsh) the expected values would be extremely low. 3.5.1.1 All 1-hour Concentrations Calculation of average values for TRS results in average values that are below the detection limit for the method (< 1 ppb) for every station. These results are included in Appendix D. This can be seen graphically in Figure 3.13 below, in which the bulk of the data lines are clustered below the lowest dashed line.  GVRD Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.010 ppm  GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.005 ppm  Limit of Detection  Figure 3.13 Comparative plot for all 1-hour TRS concentrations  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 53  However, the results in Figure 3.13 also show numerous excursions above this value at most stations. Table 3.27 and Table 3.28 further characterize the distribution of high TRS values at each station, showing the number of 1-hour concentrations that exceed air quality objectives and the estimated mid-point of the odour threshold.61 These results show that TRS peaks are less frequent on Capitol Hill; more common at the neighbourhood near the tank farm and most frequent near the Port Moody monitoring station at Rocky Point. Table 3.27 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria # ≥ GVRD Acceptable Data % Below 1-hour Objective Points LOD† (0.010 ppm)  Station T4 Kensington Park 18710 81.1 T9 Port Moody 21297 53.3 T22 Burmount 21457 88.7 T23 Capitol Hill 21242 71.1 T24 Tank Farm 5509 46.5 † CHISQ test for homogeneity, p<0.05  0 6 0 2 0  # ≥ GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective (0.005 ppm)  # ≥ 0.003 ppm (middle of odour † threshold range)  0 72 5 12 8  1 323 12 57 41  Table 3.28 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria, comparing only those days when station T24 was operating # ≥ GVRD Acceptable Data % Below 1-hour Objective Points LOD† (0.010 ppm)  Station T4 Kensington Park 5651 79.3 T9 Port Moody 5724 39.6 T22 Burmount 5811 80.3 T23 Capitol Hill 5788 82.9 T24 Tank Farm 5509 46.5 † CHISQ test for homogeneity, p<0.05  0 3 0 0 0  # ≥ GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective (0.005 ppm)  # ≥ 0.003 ppm (middle of odour threshold range)  0 41 0 0 8  0 162 1 2 41  3.5.1.2 Daily Maximum 1-hour Concentrations A similar pattern was seen when the analysis was restricted to the maximum daily 1-hour TRS concentration as shown in Figure 3.14, Table 3.29 and Table 3.30 on the following page.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 54  GVRD Acceptable 1-hour Objective = 0.010 ppm  GVRD Desirable 1-hour Objective = 0.005 ppm  Limit of Detection  Figure 3.14 Comparative plot for daily maximum 1-hour TRS concentrations Table 3.29 Number of Daily maximum 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various standards  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  Data Points  # ≥ GVRD Acceptable % Below 1-hour Objective LOD (0.010 ppm)  # ≥ GVRD # (%) ≥ 0.003 ppm Desirable 1-hour Objective (middle of odour threshold range) (0.005 ppm)  797 906 912  50.3 14.6 58.3  0 6 0  0 41 (4.5%) 4 (0.4%)  905 235  44.3 6.4  2 0  11 (1.2%) 7 (3.0%)  1 (<0.1%) 167 (18.4%) 7 (0.8%) 33 (3.6%) 27 (11.5%)  Table 3.30 Number of 1-hour TRS concentrations that meet or exceed various criteria, comparing only those days when station T24 was operating  Station T4 Kensington Park T9 Port Moody T22 Burmount T23 Capitol Hill T24 Tank Farm  # days ≥ GVRD Acceptable Data % Below 1-hour Objective (0.010 ppm) Points LOD 244 246 250 250 235  46.3 6.1 46.0 55.6 6.4  0 3 0 0 0  # days ≥ GVRD # ≥ 0.003 ppm Desirable 1-hour Objective (middle of odour threshold range) (0.005 ppm) 0 20 (8.1%) 0 0 7 (3.0%)  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  0 76 (30.9%) 1 (0.4%) 2 (0.8%) 27 (11.5%)  Page 55  3.5.1.3 Time of Day Analysis As for SO2, we also analysed the time of day that TRS peaks occurred at the two stations North Burnaby stations compared to the Port Moody station. Because the number of exceedances is small, for this plot it was necessary to express the results as the percentage of those 1-hour concentrations greater than or equal to 0.003 ppm that occurred during each hourly interval. Thus, the patterns can be compared, but not the height of the bars. This plot shows that although there are more high TRS values at the Port Moody station, they are fairly well distributed across all time periods. In contrast, the high values at Capitol Hill tend to be concentrated between 3 and 5 am, and near the tank farm, between 8 and 10 am.  Figure 3.15 Time of day trends in the 1-hour TRS data at stations T9, T23 and T24  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 56  3.5.2  TRS Health Impact  3.5.2.1 Methods Total Reduced Sulphur refers to the mixture of oxygen-less, sulphur-containing gases. The major component is hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a colourless gas with a distinctive odour of rotten eggs. Other main components include methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulphide, and dimethyl disulphide. The relative composition of these components will vary depending on the source. No comprehensive review of the health impact of low levels of reduced sulphur compounds is available. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act National Advisory Committee Working Group on Air Quality Objectives and Guidelines has been working on a Science Assessment Document for TRS over the past several years. A draft report was prepared in 1998 and a revised draft in February 2000. However, no publicly available final report has been released and no guidelines set. We carried out a review of the relevant scientific literature, similar to those described above using PUBMED and the keywords: total reduced sulphur (sulphur) compounds or malodorous sulphur compounds and any of: community, ambient, low level, residential. There were 59 articles retrieved, of which only 10 described studies of the potential health effect of these compounds on community residents.62-71 We also searched occupational studies and other investigations of specific reduced sulphur compounds that could provide insight into the potential health impact of these exposures. These are mostly studies of pulp and paper mill workers. Unfortunately, in most of these studies, workers have been exposed to other strong irritants in addition to reduced sulphur compounds and their relevance to community exposures is low. 3.5.2.2 Results TRS gases dissipate quickly in ambient air, and are only measured by the GVRD at stations where TRS point sources are nearby. The table below outlines 1-hour and 24-hour objectives for the GVRD and, for information only, the province of Alberta. Although it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the odour threshold of TRS, it is estimated that 50% of the population will detect odours between 0.001 and 0.005 ppm.61 The Alberta guideline 0.003 ppm is in the middle of this range.  Table 3.31 AQOs for TRS in British Columbia and Alberta  1-hour 24-hour  GVRD Desirable Objective (ppm) 0.005 -  GVRD Acceptable Objective (ppm) 0.010 -  Alberta Ministry of the Environment Objective (ppm) 0.010 0.003  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 57  Of the 10 epidemiologic reports in the scientific literature, eight describe results from several studies of a community living downwind from a pulp mill in Finland, in which the acute and chronic effects of exposures to malodours sulphur compounds were investigated. Annual average concentrations of hydrogen sulphide were estimated to be 0.006 ppm and average concentrations for methyl mercaptan ranged from 0.001 to 0.003 ppm. In 1987, the highest 24-hour average values recorded were 0.072 ppm for hydrogen sulphide and 0.025 ppm for methyl mercaptan. Because SO2 levels in this community (both mean and peaks) were low, the investigators noted that irritant health effects would most likely be due to the TRS exposures. Rates of chronic respiratory, eye, and nasal symptoms (in the past 12 months) were compared among adults in the community nearby the mill and in another similar community without TRS pollution. Over 80% of residents participated from both communities. Increased rates were seen in the pulp mill community for eye irritation (11 times higher), nasal symptoms (2 times higher), and cough (almost 2 times higher).68 Several years later, the same communities were studied again. Exposure levels had been reduced by about half in the intervening years. In this survey, the increased chronic symptoms reported were headache (1.8 times increased) and cough (1.6 times increased).63 Among children, the increased symptoms reported (compared to children in a rural community) were nasal symptoms (2.5 times increased) and cough (2 times increased).65 They also found that rates of acute respiratory infections were higher in the earlier period and reduced in the later period.62 The acute effect of exposure episodes was also studied by comparing symptom rates on high exposure days to low exposure days among 75 residents of 19 households. The 24hour ambient concentrations of hydrogen sulphide on 2 'high exposure' days were 0.025 and 0.031 ppm. During these episodes, 63% of the population reported at least one symptom, with 20% reporting breathing difficulty (compared to 26% reporting at least one symptom on a 'non-exposure' day).66 Acute symptoms were also assessed among a panel of 81 adults. Eye, nose, and throat symptoms were increased in a dose-response fashion on medium and high exposure days.64 Two other studies have investigated symptoms in residents of communities exposed to low levels of hydrogen sulphide from industrial sources. A Canadian study was carried out in 1985 among Alberta residents living downwind from a sour gas plant (and exposed to hydrogen sulphide and SO2). Two comparison communities were included. A comprehensive historical study was done of cancers, reproductive outcomes and a survey and pulmonary function tests were completed to enquire about current symptoms and signs of disease. There were no significant differences among the communities for cancer rates, reproductive problems, pulmonary function, or any major disease signs or symptoms. The exposed community reported slightly more 'activity loss' and 'health problems' in the past two weeks (21.6% and 30% respectively, compared to 18% and 24% in the control communities). Unfortunately, no information was available about pollution concentrations in the community being studied. North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 58  In a recent study, health questionnaire results from two communities exposed to hydrogen sulphide were compared to results from three un-exposed communities.70 The exposed communities included a Texas town where hydrogen sulphide was generated from microbial action in solar ponds of industrial wastewater. Exposure levels here ranged from 0.007 to 0.027 ppm (annual average) and 0.100 to 0.200 ppm (24 hour average). In the other exposed community, a Hawaiian town, exposure was due to a geothermal energy plant. No data on average concentrations were available here, but peak concentrations in the range of 0.300 ppm were reported. Rated for almost all symptoms and symptom groups studied were significantly higher in the two exposed communities, including somatic symptoms (fatigue, headache, dizziness, restlessness), respiratory symptoms (wheezing, breathlessness, cough), and blood related symptoms (bruises easily, anaemia). The authors pointed out that the considerable political controversy present in both exposed communities might have influenced the results. Odour annoyance associated with low levels of TRS emissions from oil refineries has also been studied.72-74 In Oakville, Ontario, Luginaah and colleagues surveyed residents before and after extensive odour control measures were put in place by the refinery. They found that, among residents living closest to the refinery, the number of odour annoyance complaints was lower in the second survey compared to the first. They also found that residents who were most bothered by the odour also reported more irritant and respiratory symptoms. Unfortunately, no ambient TRS concentration data were included in the reports; however, Dr. Luginaah advised that the maximum 1-hour average TRS value recorded in 1994 was 0.122 ppm (Isaac Luginaah, personal communication). The authors concluded that symptom reporting is mediated by odour perception; however, as no exposure-response analyses were carried out, it is not possible to rule out a direct effect of odour annoyance on symptoms. Ambient TRS data from the North Burnaby area is reported as "total reduced sulphur" not the individual components, so direct comparison of the ambient concentration in North Burnaby to most of the community studies described above is not possible. However, the annual and 24 hour average total reduced sulphur concentrations at the T24 station in North Burnaby was 0.0006 ppm and the highest 1-hour concentrations recorded during the period for which we have data was 0.007 ppm at the tank farm and 0.015 ppm at Capitol Hill. These average values are about 10 times lower than the values for hydrogen sulphide and methyl mercaptan combined in Finnish studies described above and about 10-30 times lower than the average values in the US study. This suggests that it is unlikely that TRS exposure in North Burnaby would contribute to significant respiratory symptoms to the extent seen in the Finnish or US studies. The contribution of odour annoyance to symptoms (either to the initiation of symptoms or to their perception) cannot be determined from the information available.  North Burnaby Refinery Emissions Project Final Report, July 6, 2002 UBC School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  Page 59  4 Volatile Organic Compounds: Exposure Data 4.1 Methods 4.1.1  Introduction to the VOC Monitoring Network  VOC monitoring in Greater Vancouver is conducted by Environment Canada (EC) with the assistance of GVRD. Samples are collected approximately every six days. Sampling frequency at each location is limited by the number of canisters available from Environment Canada. On each sampling day, one canister is located at station T9 in Port Moody; the remaining canisters are rotated among the other GVRD stations. Table 4.1 shows the sample locations, factors likely to influence VOC concentrations, and the number of samples collected during 1999 and 2000. Table 4.1 GVRD / EC VOC monitoring stations, 1999 and 2000 Short Name  T22  Burmount  T24  Chevron Tank Farm  T1  Downtown  T9  Port Moody  T15  East Surrey  T31  YVR  T12 T29  Chilliwack Airport Hope Airport  Location  Burnaby Mountain, 7815 Shellmont Street Robson Square, Vancouver Rocky Point Park, Moody St. & Esplanade, Port Moody nd Surrey East. 72 nd Ave. & 192 St., Surrey Vancouver International Airport, 3153 Templeton St., Richmond Chilliwack Airport, Chilliwack Hope Airport, 62715 Airport Road, Hope  Factors Likely to Influence VOC Concentrations  Number of Samples 1999 2000  Trans-Mountain pipeline and tank farm  24  27  Chevron tank farm  10  17  High general traffic and diesel traffic density  18  20  Heavy industry; Marine traffic  43  52  Port Kells industrial park; Fraser Highway  21  19  18  20  Trans Canada Highway; Military, small commercial and private aircraft  10  9  Private aircraft; Agricultural activity  12  9  Commercial aircraft  All 1999 and 2000 VOC data from the 2 Burnaby stations (T22 and T24) and all other stations with data for both years (6 stations) were requested for analysis.