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Beverly Hills High School:
Various oil field operations and a power plant in close proximity to Beverly Hills High School emitted pollutants that impacted the school. We developed air emission inventories of benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals for the years 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000. For each year a maximum and average emissions scenario was created. We performed air dispersion modeling using a combination of computer and physical models to determine pollutant concentrations at select receptors at the high school.
Shown below is a diagram depicting annual average benzene concentrations at select locations on the Beverly Hills High School campus. A high quality PDF version of the map is available here. Click here to view a video of a related wind tunnel experiment. The experimental wind tunnel work was done at Colorado State University under the auspices of Dr. David Neff and Dr. Robert Meroney.