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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