Erie County Community Air Screen Results
Three air samples were collected in the Commodore Perry community within the city of Buffalo. 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.
Seventeen toxic air pollutants were detected and all are well below the short-term health-based air concentration values. Therefore, the results would not be considered a potential health threat or 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.
The measured one-hour styrene concentration at all three sampling sites was higher than typically found in 24-hr samples collected at monitoring locations in the State. The results were less than 0.2% of the long-term health-based air concentration value and do not represent a public health concern at this level. The primary source for styrene in the community is a facility that manufactures fiberglass truck and van bodies. Over the years, the facility has made a number of modifications to reduce emissions of air contaminants in response to odor complaints. Since the installation of many physical and operational changes, neighborhood odor complaints have ceased.
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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