Clean Air Board Community Meeting, March 7, 2013, 7 pm

“Looking Forward to Clean Air”

CAB will look at new developments under the federal Clean Air Act and under state regulations.  Arleen Shulman, former air resources planning chief at the state Department of Environmental Protection will speak to the board.

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

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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.

CABBIE Awards 2008: CAB Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan Greenbaum

717- 245-2694

Greenbau@dickinson.edu

Clean Air Board and Dickinson College Award 2008 CABBIE’s

Over the past few years Carlisle area citizens have been concerned about the deterioration of air quality in Central Pennsylvania. In fact, the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania (CAB) was formed in fall 2005 after over 100 Cumberland County physicians signed and published an open letter informing the community of the growing danger of ozone and particulate pollution and the risks it poses to the pulmonary and cardiac health of our citizens. However, this was not the first time concern about air quality was an issue in Cumberland County.

In the early 1970s, Professor Emeritus Dr. Howard C. Long, Chairman of Dickinson College’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, noted that many people had become aware of deteriorating air quality due to growing industrialization and motor vehicle use. Dr. Long learned that public health agencies linked increases in emphysema to the intake of particulate matter into the lungs. He decided to study air quality in Carlisle by measuring the solid particulates found in the air.

In 1973 the Department of Physics and Astronomy purchased a nephelometer – a device that uses the scattering of light to measure the density of solid particles that are small enough to inhale. Dr. Long and Department Technician, Mr. John Steigleman, began monitoring the density of particulate matter with diameters of 10 millionths of a meter or less (PM10). They collected data at Dickinson College several times each day and night for seven years. The data collection by Mr. Steigleman and its analysis by Dr. Long provided our community with a valuable record of how PM10 varied by time of day and time of year as well as a picture of the level of PM10 and how it was changing throughout the mid-1970s.

In recognition of their work, Professor Long and Mr. Steigleman were honored at the recent CABBIE awards, held in Tome Hall on Dickinson College campus March 5, 2008. These awards, co-sponsored by the Dickinson Department of Physics and Astronomy and by the Clean Air Board of Central PA, stand for Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment. They are given annually to reward those who have made significant contributions to air quality in Central Pennsylvania. Professor Long and Mr. Steigleman were recognized for their contributions to initiate air quality research and data collection in the Carlisle area thirty-five years ago. Past CABBIE recipient Jensen Gelfond (Dickinson ’08) made the presentations.

As part of the awards ceremony Dr. Priscilla Laws, a former colleague of Dr. Long, discussed the research findings of the 1970’s project and how those findings help us understand the dependence of particulate matter on the time of day and time of year. She also compared the earlier PM10 levels recorded with the nephelometer to the PM2.5 levels recorded more recently by “Airestotle”.

“Airestotle” is the nickname of the new EBAM unit (an automated device that measures either PM10 or PM2.5) which monitors PM2.5 in the Carlisle area. This state-of-the-art portable EBAM unit was purchased during the past year by CAB, in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley. PM2.5 is the density of fine particulate matter having diameters of 2.5 millionths of a meter or less and is believed to be a major cause of the increase in respiratory diseases such as asthma and pneumonia that physicians have observed in this area.

Clean Air Partnership Unveils Air Monitor: Sentinel News

November 19th, 2008: The Sentinel News

Clean Air Partnership Unveils Air Monitor

by Jason Scott, Sentinel Reporter

Excerpt: “Two months after announcing a one-of-a-kind air quality collaboration, the Clean Air Partnership of Cumberland County Wednesday unveiled its new EPA-certified air quality monitor at The Sentinel building in Carlisle.”

‘Airestotle’ Tests the Air: Patriot News

December 2nd, 2007: The Patriot-News

‘Airestotle’ Tests the Air

By T.W. Burger

Excerpt: “It stands 7 feet tall and looks like a gangly tin scarecrow. But Airestotle’s mission is to measure, not to frighten.

Even so, what it is finding is scary enough.

Airestotle is a machine designed to sift the atmosphere for microscopic crud and measure how much there is.

The $15,000 gizmo was purchased by the Clean Air Board, a nonprofit group formed in 2005 by a group of about 100 physicians and a Unitarian Universalist Church concerned about air quality in the Carlisle/Harrisburg area. The board was helped with a grant from Keen Transport Inc., a construction equipment hauler based in New Kingstown.”

New Air Monitor to Watch Quality, Raise Awareness: Sentinel News

November 26th, 2007: The Sentinel News

New Air Monitor to Watch Quality, Raise Awareness

By Naomi Creason

Excerpt: “Clean Air Board President Jennifer McKenna says the acquisition of an air quality monitor will help her organization get its message out.

The new monitor is important, McKenna says, because of Carlisle’s current ranking as the 14th most polluted metropolitan area in the country on the American Lung Association’s 2007 list of best and worst cities for air quality.”

Truck Company Helps Pay for Pollution Monitor: Central Penn Business Monitor

May 30, 2007

Central Penn Business Journal

by Jim T. Ryan

Keen Transport Co. donated $7,500 to the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley for the purchase of a portable air-quality monitor. Keen Transport Co., based in Middlesex Township, Cumberland County, donated $7,500 to the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley (UUCV) for the purchase of a portable air-quality monitor.

The monitor, which records the levels of soot in the air, will be moved around the county to look for pollution hotspots, said Duane Fickeisen, UUCV pastor and a member of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania. The monitor will also be used for public education purposes at events. Air monitors cost upward of $15,000. The UUCV is in South Middleton Township.

Central Pennsylvania has registered high levels of soot pollution, which comes from truck, automobile and factory emissions. Cumberland County is home to a concentration of trucking and logistics firms, as well as the intersection of Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.