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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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1. What types of public outreach will be conducted as part of this project?

The Paterson community is not organized around air issues. I am going to speak to as many different groups as will listen to me. Other projects are growing out of the Paterson project. They are centered around public outreach and education. One will teach community members about the scientific process and the other (not yet funded) will work to bring more science to the students at the public schools. Both will utilize UCAMPP as an example.

2. Is the public involved in issue identification?

3. Does the public have a role in the planning the project?

4. Is the public participating in a decision making or advisory capacity?

5. Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

Yes, there is community involvement.

6. What Stakeholders were involved, including Federal, State, and local agencies?

USEAP, NJDEP, UMDNJ, people who live and work in Paterson City, NJ

7. What role did the community or other stakeholders play in the project? Is the public involved in issue identification? Does the public have a role in planning the project? Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

One stakeholder group, the Paterson Public School District, was involved, to a limited extent, in the study design. Paid student interns will assist with collecting background information on air toxics and Paterson; observing the sampling methodology; and learning about air toxics, what can be done to reduce air toxics, how to reduce one's exposure to air toxics, and job opportunities/education requirements regarding air issues. The community is involved by telling us what sources of air toxics are of concern for them during the outreach meetings.

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