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Faculty Sponsor

Sherrie Steiner

Sponsor Department/Program

Sociology

Student Department/Program

Anthropology

Abstract

This research presents the results from a one-tailed, t-test of data collected on April 21, 2017 to determine the source of fugitive dust contamination with heavy metals. Moss was used as a surrogate for testing for air pollution. Two hypotheses were tested. Hypothesis one predicts that if Hartford Iron and Metal (H-I&M) is creating a plume of dust contaminated with fugitive dust, then there would be no significant difference between upwind and downwind samples of heavy metal concentrations. Hypothesis two predicts that if the wind is picking up dust and carrying if off site, then downwind concentrations would be significantly higher than upwind concentrations of heavy metals in moss samples. The results from the analyses supported hypothesis one, suggesting that the ongoing operations of H-I&M is generating a cloud of pollution in the air that serves as a direct avenue of toxic contamination to neighborhood residents. Hypothesis One: There is no significant difference between upwind and downwind samples. Hypothesis Two: Downwind samples ae significantly higher than upwind samples.

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Anthropology | Sociology

Dust in the Wind or Production Induced Sickness?

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