Clean Air Board Community Meeting, June 2, 2011, 7 pm

“Reducing Diesel Particulate Emissions from Construction Projects”

CAB will look at successful projects which reduced particulate emissions from diesel engines at construction sites.

The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on June 2, at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

The Air Quality Index and Your Health (Microsoft PowerPoint)

The Air Quality Index and Your Health (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania

Published April 6, 2009

Top 10 Stories of the Decade: Sentinel News

December 30, 2009: Sentinel News

Top 10 Stories of the Decade: No. 3

by Jeff Pratt, Managing Editor


“I love living and raising my family in Carlisle. It is sad to me that the air is becoming toxic. To be among the top 2 percent of the most polluted counties in the nation is no honor.”

— Pam Frohman, CAB member, homemaker and mother of three, said in 2006

Sometimes it takes just a little organization to change the landscape of things – even the air we breathe.

On Aug. 23, 2005, more than 100 area doctors took out a full-page ad in The Sentinel saying that truck traffic was a major contributor to unhealthy air quality in Cumberland County. The doctors cited American Lung Association statistics ranking Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle the 24th most polluted region in the nation and comparing the area’s air quality to New York City.

That’s where it all started. Now we have a board, an anti-idling law and hour-by-hour readings of the air quality in Cumberland County.

Now the air we breathe seems a little more important, thanks to the Clean Air Board.

Top 10 Stories of the Decade: No. 3

Air quality monitor celebrates a year in Carlisle: Sentinel News

December 6, 2009: Sentinel News

Air quality monitor celebrates a year in Carlisle

by Jason Scott


While Carlisle has seen air pollution levels rise multiple time into the orange levels — unhealthy for sensitive groups — over the past year, particle pollution has been relatively mild on average, according to one-year data recorded by the Met One BAM-1020 air quality monitor, housed at The Sentinel.

The EPA-certified monitor was unveiled last November at the newspaper’s Carlisle office as part of the Clean Air Partnership between the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, Carlisle Regional Medical Center and The Sentinel.

The monitor provides data in real-time on an ongoing basis for PM2.5, a fine particulate linked to a variety of heart and lung ailments.

Hourly updates are posted online at The Sentinel’s Web site,, and a daily average is published on the weather page each day in the print edition.


Cindy Small, spokesperson for Carlisle Regional Medical Center, said the hospital is “proud” to be a partner in such a “meaningful” tool to help maintain good health.

“We are concerned about the adverse health effects of fine particulate pollution,” she said. “As the community’s hospital, we encourage people of all ages to adopt healthy lifestyles that include walking, jogging, participating in outdoor athletic activities and we want them to truly be improving their health while doing these activities.

“Realistically, in our region, that means people in our community should be aware of the air pollutant levels when doing outdoor activities by referring to the postings of the pollution levels on The Sentinel’s Web site in order to make informed decisions that will protect their health.”

“The Sentinel is very proud to be partnering with the Clean Air Board and Carlisle Regional Medical Center on a unique environmental project that is beneficial to the health of our readers and online viewers,” said Sentinel Publisher Mark Blum.

Sentinel staff win newspaper awards, including “Online Journalistic Innovation” for Work on Clean Air

May 30, 2009: Sentinel News

Sentinel staff win newspaper awards

The Sentinel and Shippensburg Sentinel won numerous awards in statewide newspaper competitions presented this weekend in Gettysburg.

The Sentinel earned the sweepstakes award in the annual Keystone Press Awards for the 15th time in the past 20 years and the second year in a row.

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association presents its top honor to the papers that win the most individual awards in their circulation division. The Sentinel each year vies with more than 30 newspapers under 20,000 in size.

The Shippensburg Sentinel competes in the division for weeklies of more than 10,000 in circulation

The daily newspaper also won a number of awards in the prestigious Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual competition.

Staff — first, Online Journalistic Innovation, for “A Partnership for Public Health.”

Last fall, The Sentinel joined with the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania and Carlisle Regional Medical Center to purchase equipment to continuously monitor fine particulate matter in the air. Readings are available hourly, along with educational material and articles about air pollution and health, at The Sentinel’s Web site, A daily average reading is published in the newspaper.

Real-time air pollution data will be available in Carlisle: Patriot News

September 25, 2008: Patriot News

Real-time air pollution data will be available in Carlisle

by Judith Patton

CARLISLE — A new air monitor able to provide real-time air pollution data is to be installed atop a Carlisle building in the coming months.

The equipment is an upgrade over an older monitor that takes up to six months to produce results because the data must first be analyzed by a federal agency.

Diesel exhaust makes Carlisle’s air among the worst in the nation, generated by the heavy truck traffic on area highways. The cost of the new monitor is $40,000, including maintenance for 10 years.

It is being paid for by Carlisle Regional Medical Center, the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania and The Sentinel newspaper.

Pollution levels will be printed daily in The Sentinel, and hourly updates will be posted on its Web site.


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