2013-01-18 / Top Stories

DEC Monitoring Air Quality On Beach 84th Street


A New York State DEC mobile air monitoring unit is now in place on Beach 84th Street and Holland Avenue, near St. Rose of Lima Church and school. A New York State DEC mobile air monitoring unit is now in place on Beach 84th Street and Holland Avenue, near St. Rose of Lima Church and school. Passersby recently noted with interest a large mobile NYS Department of Environmental Conservation air monitoring unit stationed at Beach 84th Street and Holland Avenue near Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

DEC Special Assistant Rodney Rivera was able to clarify questions about the unit and its placement.

According to Rivera the unit was put in place on December 12th, 2012.

“We set up the monitoring station in this location due to the effects of the storm in this area, as well as the ability to place the trailer and get electric power.”

According to a December press release the DEC had “joined the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to announce that the state has added three additional air monitoring units in the New York City neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

“The monitors will measure fine particulate matter (PM2.5) to provide data on the potential impact Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts have had on air quality.

“To date, the state's network of rooftop air monitors does not reveal a pattern of higher concentrations since Hurricane Sandy and DEP's testing of asbestos at debris piles have also come back negative.”

Rivera reports “We are putting all the data from the Sandy recovery on our website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/87659.html.”

Asked how long the Beach 84th Street trailer will be in place, Rivera replied “A date for ending the monitoring has not been determined at this time.

“We will continue to evaluate the data from all sites… and make a determination in the future based on the… data and… storm recovery data.”

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