Air monitoring units track impact of Hurricane Sandy cleanup in hard-hit NYC areas

By on December 17, 2012
The locations of supplemental monitors (Credit: NY DEC)

The State of New York has added three additional air monitoring units in New York City neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, according to a release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Monitoring in the city has found air is within federal health standards for the season, but residents cleaning out storm-damaged houses are still urged to wear dust masks.

The three air monitors are an addition to the city’s existing network of units and have been installed in neighborhoods near the Rockaways, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. They will measure concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a pollutant associated with dust, construction debris and the consumption of fuel.

By measuring PM2.5 in some of New York City’s most damaged neighborhoods, the monitors will provide data on the potential impact Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts have had on air quality.

Image: The locations of supplemental monitors (Credit: NY DEC)

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