An Inverse Gaussian plume approach for estimating zinc emissions from a smelting operation.
Teck Metals Ltd. operates one of the world’s largest integrated lead-zinc smelting operations out of Trail, British Columbia. Every year, they report on atmospheric emissions of zinc and other contaminants through Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). The purpose of this internship is to extend an existing inverse Gaussian plume model for estimating the emissions of zinc from point sources. The input to the algorithm is a collection of measurements of particulate material deposited on the ground in the area around the Trail smelter. This internship will contribute to the design of the data sampling plan and help improve the accuracy of the Company’s NPRI emissions reporting for 2010.