Dutchess County Community Air Screen Results
One air sample was collected in the city of Poughkeepsie for 1-hour with a 6-liter sampling canister. The air sample was analyzed using a laboratory method which evaluates the presence of 43 toxic air pollutants. The wind direction during sampling was from the north and the source of concern is west of the resident, which presented less than optimal conditions for sampling.
Only 13 toxic air pollutants were detected and all were well below the short-term health-based air concentration values. Therefore, the results would not be considered an immediate public health concern. Additionally, the results from the Poughkeepsie sampling are similar to monitoring concentrations found at urban locations in the DEC's ambient air monitoring network and within an order of magnitude of the long-term health-based air concentration values. Based on these comparisons, DEC staff concluded that follow-up sampling will not be considered at this time.
In conclusion, this short-term screening assessment did not identify concentrations of toxic air pollutants that would be considered a public health concern. Additionally, the results do not indicate the need for follow-up sampling at this time.
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