DNREC's Division of Air Quality (DAQ) actively seeks improved methods of providing the citizens of Delaware with the most accurate and time-sensitive air quality data. With this in mind, DAQ has developed a Moveable Monitoring Platform (MMP) to increase its air monitoring capabilities.
The MMP improves DNREC's response to citizen concerns regarding air quality issues in areas where no permanent air monitoring station can be placed.
The MMP is designed with state-of-the-art instrumentation to monitor criteria pollutants (ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter), select air toxics and meteorological data. The MMP will enhance the DAQ monitoring efforts in that it will be possible to reduce the time required to set up an air monitoring system in response to public concerns.
The vehicle pictured alongside shows what the MMP looks like, so be on the lookout for this vehicle in a neighborhood near you.
The MMP is currently equipped to monitor the following materials of interest:
| Particulate Matter (PM2.5, PM10)
|| Mobile (vehicular traffic and other combustion sources)|
| Black Carbon (PM2.5)
|| Combustion (wood smoke and diesel engines)|
| Ozone (O3)
|| Photochemical reaction with Nitric Oxide and VOC's|
|Oxides of Nitrogen (NO-NO2-NOX)
||From combustion sources|
||From combustion of fossil fuels|
| Air Toxics
|| Gasoline, Industrial manufacturing and consumer products|
Forward looking toward rear of MMP /DNREC Photos
Moveable Monitoring Platform Activities
Marine Vessel Impact on Ambient Air Quality, Delaware City, Delaware -This study investigated short-term ambient air quality impacts on air quality from mairne vessels to air quality at Delaware City, Delaware.
Creating the MMP - The creation of the MMP began in 2012, when Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) conveyed a van they no longer needed to Air Quality.
Claymont Dust Study - This study was the initial deployment of the MMP, October 2013 through March 2014. The MMP was part of a several-years' effort that observed the potential impact of Evaraz Steel on the PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations in that area. The community initiated the study and performed the set-up and collection of PM2.5 and PM10 samples. With community involvement, this project proved that the collaboration by the State and the citizens of Delaware can produce valuable results.
Delaware City Study - This study will investigate whether the local ambient air concentrations of certain air pollutants are impacted by marine vessels delivering crude oil. The study began July 23rd and is expected to continue for a least 3 months.
Contact Information: Charles Sarnoski, 302-323-4542