Queens County Community Air Screen Results - Eastern Queens Alliance
An air sample was collected at a single location in the Springfield Park neighborhood in the borough of Queens. The sample was collected for 1-hour with a 6-liter sampling canister and analyzed using a laboratory method with evaluates the presence of 43 toxic air pollutants.
Twenty-three 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 public 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 sample did identify a source of bromomethane in the neighborhood which is a facility that processes imports from flight and marine shipments. The measured concentration was below both the short-term and long-term health-based comparison values.
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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