DEP to Monitor Carlisle Area’s Air: Sentinel News

Bob Conrad, DEP chief of mobile labs, demonstrates an air monitoring unit at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Middlesex Township. (Michael Bupp/The Sentinel)

Bob Conrad, DEP chief of mobile labs, demonstrates an air monitoring unit at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Middlesex Township. (Michael Bupp/The Sentinel)

DEP to Monitor Carlisle Area’s Air

June 14, 2006: The Sentinel News

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By David Blymire

Excerpt: “State officials took the first step Tuesday toward fulfilling a pledge to study air pollution in Cumberland County.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) set up a mobile air quality monitoring site in the parking lot behind Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Middlesex Township.

That site is one of at least four locations surrounding Carlisle where the state will gather air quality samples over the next five weeks before determining where to locate a more permanent, one-year air quality monitor.

Bob Conrad, DEP’s Bureau of Labs, said he will use a truck-based “mobile analytical unit” (MAU) to sample for carbon monoxide and a “random, broad range of compounds.”

It does not test for fine particle pollution, a source of concern recently for area doctors and a citizens’ group, but the samples will measure pollutants that often come from similar sources, offering DEP a reliable guide in deciding where to locate the one-year site.”

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