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Funding Agency: USEPA

Cost: $157,984

Project Period: March 15, 2010- September 14, 2011

Project Manager:Linda J. Bonanno, Ph.D. NJDEP

Principal Investigator: Zhihua (Tina) Fan, Ph.D., EOHSI, UMDNJ

Additional Air Monitoring in Paterson (AAMP)

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 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.

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.

Sampling Plan:
NJDEP is monitoring at and around the site where the elevated levels of p-dichlorobenzene were observed. Two types of samples will be collected. One type of sample will be collected at the same location and in the same way as was done in the earlier UCAMPP study and at the other three air toxics monitoring locations around the state (Chester, New Brunswick and Elizabeth). This sample will be collected every twelve days, which coincides with measurements obtained at the three other monitoring locations around the state. This type of sample will allow NJDEP to compare the levels at 176 Broadway to the data collected during the previous UCAMPP study and at the other 3 monitoring sites around the state.

The second type of sample will be by a different method that will measure the eight air pollutants listed above. This method will use a small sampling device that does not require electricity so it can be placed in multiple locations around 176 Broadway every other month over the course of the year. This type of sample will allow NJDEP to determine the variation of levels of these air pollutants over about a 1 square mile area around 176 Broadway.

Time Frame:
The entire project period will extend from March 15, 2010 to September 14, 2011. The sampling, itself, will occur from April 2010 through April 2011. The last six months of the project period are needed because the laboratory results lag behind the sampling. During this period, we will also review the data quality, and analyze the data for patterns, and write the final report. The report will then be reviewed by scientists at the NJDEP and USEPA. It is anticipated that the report will be released to the public in January 2012 at a public meeting. The sample results will be reviewed as soon as it is received from the laboratories and compared to previous data that were collected in Paterson. If there is any immediate threat to public health and safety, the community will be notified as soon as NJDEP becomes aware of this. The NJDEP has committed to communicating with elected officials and community leaders throughout the project. These quarterly updates will be posted on the web which can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/paterson-study/

If you have any additional questions regarding this project, please contact the project manager Dr. Linda Bonanno at Linda.bonanno@dep.state.nj.us or at (609)984-9480.

Office of Science
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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