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Clean Air For All

Upcoming Air Monitoring Plan

Protect PT will conduct air monitoring for the CAFA Study beginning from 2024 through 2027. This project will focus on three communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny County that are likely affected by air pollution emitted from facilities of concern: 1. Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill (WSL) 2. Monessen Coke Works a.k.a. Cleveland Cliffs3. Sedat Injection Well a.k.a. Plum Injection Well a.k.a. Penneco Injection Well.

Each monitor site will host a particulate matter monitor for a period of approximately 2 years. This monitor will provide us with continuous measurements of the overall level of one of the most common air pollutants at each site. These monitors are small and can be installed in a person's yard on a shepherd's hook. 

In addition to these smaller, more general monitors, a monitor called an SPod will be deployed for shorter periods of time to select sites where wind conditions, monitor data, and resident observations suggest that high pollution events are occurring. These monitors will provide more detailed data about pollutants in the air. During times when we suspect a pollution event may be happening, they will trigger the collection of an air sample using a Summa Canister. Protect PT will collect these samples and send them to a lab that can measure levels of specific VOCs that are categorized as hazardous air pollutants. 

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This map shows the 2 of our 3 study areas: Monessen and Belle Vernon.

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This map shows our 3rd study area: Plum.

Equipment We Use


Pictured: SPod


Pictured: Particulate Matter Monitor (Purple Air)

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Pictured: Summa Cannister

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