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Urban Community Air Toxics Monitoring Project, Paterson City, NJ (UCAMPP)


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The overall objective of the Urban Community Air Toxics Monitoring Project, Paterson City, NJ (UCAMPP) is to obtain data which will assist the NJDEP in formulating risk reduction strategies related to air toxics. UCAMPP will determine which pollutants are a health concern in an urban environment, where they come from, and then identify risk reduction strategies. This will be accomplished through the characterization of local air toxics related to different land use patterns in a highly industrialized urban community. Air toxics monitors will be strategically placed at monitoring stations in community-oriented locations that will capture industrial, commercial and mobile source dominated emissions. Two of the monitoring stations will be located at Paterson public schools allowing UCAMPP to measure the community's potential for exposure. Monitoring will occur every six days over the course of 1 year.

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** This abstract was last updated on 01/08/2010 03:04:45 AM **

1. Is the project Planned, Ongoing, or Completed?

On-going

2. What State and/or Region is the project located?

New Jersey

3. What is the specific location of the project?

Paterson City

4. What is the objective and scope of the project?

UCAMPP will:
1) characterize the spatial resolution of local air toxics;
2) determine concentration gradients;
3) identify source signatures from various land use(s);
4) evaluate modeling results using monitoring data;
5) field test new sampling and analyses techniques for air toxics that are currently difficult to quantify;
6) characterize the concerns of an Environmental Justice (EJ) community;
7) Provide information and develop tools so that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and the local community can better address exposure and risk issues related to air toxics; and
8) Identify risk reduction strategies. This study will serve as a pilot project and provide valuable
information that can be applied to other communities around the state and the nation.

5. What is driving the need for this project?

It is well established that air quality is a health concern nationwide because concentrations of air toxics are above health benchmarks for most air toxics. Presently, we monitor air toxics by placing monitors so they capture general population exposures. The USEPA recognizes there are limited data on specific geographic locations, such as Paterson, so they decided to solicit for projects that will collect community based air toxics information.

6. What is the geographic scale of the project?

local

7. When did the project begin?


8. When did the project end?


9. What is the time period of the data being used in the project?


10. In general, how is this project designed?

This project was designed based upon the Request for Applications from EPA. We also built upon the Camden Waterfront South Air Toxics Pilot Project (also know as Protecting Communities from Air Toxics). This is a judgement-based design.

11. What does this project contribute to the risk knowledge base?


12. Who are the primary contacts for the project?

Linda Bonanno, Ph.D. linda.bonanno@dep.state.nj.us (609)984-9480

13. If there is a published report, who are the authors?


14. What is the report ID number of the project and/or the publication date?


15. What was the cost of the project?


16. How is the project being funded?

USEPA


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