Ontario & Seneca Counties Community Air Screen Results
Three air samples were collected, one in the town of Seneca (Ontario County) and two in the village of Waterloo (Seneca County). All samples were collected for 1-hour with a 6-liter sampling canister and analyzed using a laboratory method which evaluates the presence of 43 toxic air pollutants.
Only 17 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. The results also are below or within an order of magnitude of the long-term health-based air concentration values and similar to concentrations found in the DEC's ambient air monitoring network. 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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