New York State Opens Peace Bridge PM2.5 and Black Carbon Air Testing Station to the Public

Yes – State testing of Black Carbon (BC) along a major freight corridor!  Check out the live data at the link below. 

For background on BC, see Health Effects of Black Carbon.  

EPA explains why measuring Black Carbon is important in Village Green Project: What’s in our Air?
Source: Times Warner Cable News, Buffalo NY

·        By: TWC News Staff 
·        09/16/2014 01:11 PM

·   DEC Opens Peace Bridge Air Testing Station To Public

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Community members were invited to check out the DEC’s new air testing station Tuesday morning. The new station is part of the DEC’s year-long study of air quality in relation to Peace Bridge traffic.
Researchers chose the corner of Busti Avenue and Rhode Island Street to set-up, noting factors such as proximity to traffic lanes and prevailing winds. Air samples are collected in stainless steel containers over 24 hours and then shipped to the EC’s laboratory for analysis.
Around a dozen people toured the station Tuesday morning, some with questions, but most just curious to see what was inside the big metal box.
“They really just wanted to see what was inside this mystery cube that we have here. We opened the door and really showed them every instrument that we have in there and explained what each one does,” said Dirk Felon, a DEC research specialist.

See hourly air sample data on the DEC’s website here .