Ulster County Community Air Screen Results - City of Kingston
Five air samples were collected in the City of Kingston in August 2013. 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. One sample was located near a City pool and four samples were collected near major roadways.
Twenty-four 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 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.
Markers of mobile source air toxics were found in concentrations similar to concentrations measured in DEC's ambient air monitoring network and below levels of short-term and long-term public health concern. This comparison suggests that for the date and time sampled, the five public park locations evaluated were not significantly affected by nearby mobile source pollution.
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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