PM 2.5 Concentration Maps Shared with School Principals
March 10, 2011 by fbxkindling
Here’s the full message Clean Air Fairbanks sent to principals of the schools in the mapped neighborhoods.
———-forwarded message ———-
From: Clean Air Fairbanks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Schools in or near PM 2.5 concentrations
To: Brian Powell – Nordale Principal <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rich Smith – NP Middle Principal <email@example.com>, Bridget Lewis – NP High Principal <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “\”Michael Angaiak – Ticasuk Brown Principal” <email@example.com>, Dan File – Badger Road Principal <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Annie Keep-Barnes – Star of the North Principal <email@example.com>, Jeff Mann – Woodriver Principal <firstname.lastname@example.org>, John Carlson – Watershed Charter Principal <email@example.com>
Cc: Superintendent Pete Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Bill Bailey – School District <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dr Jim Conner – FNSB Air Quality Specialist <email@example.com>
In case you haven’t seen the map of your school and fine particulate pollution in that area, please visit the following links:
This is not a complete set of maps for our community.
Even with the arrival of spring, please take precautions to determine the safety air quality during recess and athletic practices and competitions.
The School District Administrative Regulation on Adverse Air 960.1
, page 35, appears not to have been revised to account for the unavailability of 1-hour PM 2.5 pollution concentrations for the whole area or for most of your schools. Only 24-hour levels from the downtown monitor are posted: Air Quality Index
. Real-time hourly monitoring may be available on-line at Live Air Quality Data — FNSB AQ Monitoring
from the North Pole Elementary and may also be useful to evaluate PM 2.5 concentrations at nearby NP Middle and NP High. It may be possible to request the Borough bring the instrumented “sniffer” vehicle to your school or assess indoor air conditions with a handheld device. The downtown monitor does not reflect emissions from sources near your schools. Sub-daily peak exposures are more strongly associated with health impacts than 24-hour averages. For 1-hour and 24-hour average exposure cautionary statements from EPA, review: Judging Particulate Levels in Your Area
The recent installation of the filtration system at Woodriver appears not to have been effective at keeping concentrated smoke from affecting the health of employees inside the school. See: Woodriver Smoked Out Again, March 9, 2011
. This morning I received another report about smoke inside the Woodriver.
To protect children, especially children with health conditions including bronchitis, asthma, or heart conditions, it is vital to assess air quality inside and outside your school and consult with a health professional about appropriate precautions. I recommend Ms. Kirk or Ms. Kauleinamoku. All children are extremely vulnerable as their lungs are still developing and can be permanently harmed by air pollution. Children with health conditions are at special risk.
“If our children are in danger, the future of our community is at risk.”