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URBAN COMMUNITY AIR TOXICS MONITORING PROJECT, PATERSON CITY, NJ

Background:
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has initiated an air toxic study in Paterson City in April 2010 to further investigate elevated levels of eight air toxics that were measured during the Urban Community Air Toxics Monitoring Project, Paterson City, NJ (UCAMPP) from November 2005 until December 2006.

Out of 132 air pollutants measured during the UCAMPP study, levels of p-dichlorobenzene were significantly elevated at one of the monitoring locations (176 Broadway) in Paterson for a two month period compared to the other monitoring locations in Paterson and Photo - Paterson around the state. As a result, NJDEP has determined that further study is needed to determine if this two month elevation was a one time event or whether the levels are an ongoing occurrence. Seven other air pollutants were also elevated at all three sites in Paterson as well as at other air monitoring locations around the state. The levels of these air pollutants (benzene, ethyl benzene, 1,3-butadiene, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, chloromethane, tetrachloroethylene, and p-dichlorobenzene) were above NJDEP health guidelines at Paterson and at the other New Jersey sites.

For additional information on the UCAMPP study, please click here.

Goals of the Additional Air Monitoring in Paterson Study:
There are two goals for the additional air monitoring study. The first is to determine whether the levels of p-dichlorobenzene remain elevated or whether the two-month elevation in p-dichlorobenzene levels observed during UCAMPP was a one-time event. The second is to determine the variation in the levels of the specified air pollutants around 176 Broadway. For more information on this study, please click here.

If you or your community group/organization would like to meet with the project team about UCAMPP, please contact Dr. Linda Bonanno at (609) 984-9480 or email her at linda.bonanno@dep.state.nj.us.

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Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Manager

Mailing Address:
Mail code 428-01, P.O. Box 420
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 0862
Office Location:
428 East State St., 1st floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 292-7340


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