Benicia air-monitoring project in limbo, Valero and community group say
May 20, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Vallejo Times-Herald
Air pollution's blowin' in the wind, but so, say organizers, is the fate of a community air-monitoring program tied to the Valero oil refinery.
#1 May 20, 2012
Air Quality -- you can't live without it. There is no reason to delay the project. People should be concerned about the air quality, but that is not a reason to keep the information from them. The air pollution is there and depending on the wind direction will be recorded by the monitors.
The Valero Refining in St. Bernard Parish Louisiana has one fixed location air monitor in Floral Estates neighborhood on Ventura Drive with public access to the readings after a 24-hour quality check. Available at this site
Valero's Ventura Drive monitor is the result of a citizen's enforcement action and subsequent EPA consent decree with the old Murphy Oil Meraux Refinery.
The Louisiana DEQ has multiple fixed location air monitors throughout the State, mainly for Ozone and Particulate Matter. However, the LDEQ monitor in Chalmette Vista also measures hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. It is not uncommon for the CH-Vista site to record levels of SO2 well over the EPA one-hour health standard. LDEQ sites are available in real time with only a two hour delay. Available at the Louisiana DEQ website, right hand column menu, ON AIR icon, select "site data", select "CH_Vista".
Louisiana, like most states, is now required to add sulfur dioxide monitors in areas around major sources of sulfur dioxide.
Why would local officials in Benicia California be afraid to show the air quality levels?
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