The North Pole Fire Station monitor is located on the west side of the North Pole Fire Station #3 [Bing Map: 3288 Hurst Road, North Pole, Alaska 99705], run by the FNSB North Star Volunteer Fire Department. The North Pole Fire Station monitor recorded the following:
- 15 days from January 1 to January 31 exceeded the health-based EPA PM 2.5 standard of 35 micrograms/cubic meter (µg/m3).
- 93 µg/m3 was the average exceedance concentration.
- 48% of the days in January exceeded the standard (15 of 31 days)
- 132.9 µg/m3 was the highest 24-hour average recorded.
- 423 µg/m3, an hourly reading, was recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2013 at 9 pm.
- 53.9 µg/m3 was the average for the month, Jan 1 to Jan 31, 2013.
The colors in the graph are based on EPA’s newly revised Air Quality Index.
EPA recently reported it does not consider data from the North Pole Fire Station monitoring site in its consideration of PM 2.5 nonattainment, even from the co-located Federal Reference Method monitor (not available online).
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