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E-M:/ Mich/Grand Rapids pollution highest in US



RE: Air Pollution

I was driving back from Grand Rapids towards Muskegon about 10pm on Thursday night and the road was almost closed by what looked like a thick fog.
But it was smoke. It smelled like incinerator ash.
It was so thick that I had a hard time breathing and I have good lungs.
I smelled like there was some kind of faulty burn at an incinerator or a coal fired power plant.
Maybe this is a regular event.


Chris Bedford

Christopher B. Bedford
West Michigan Center for Economic Security
#6543 Hancock Road
Montague, MI 49437
231-893-3937 office
231-670-4817 cell
chrisbedford@charter.net


On Friday, February 4, 2005, at 01:40 PM, Rita Jack wrote:

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Enviro-Mich message from "Rita Jack" <rita.jack@sierraclub.org>
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Alex -- What is going on with this? Why would air quality be so poor in
winter?

~~Rita





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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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As of 12 PM, PM 2.5 air pollution in Southeastern Michigan
[via monitors at Dearborn and Port Huron] and at Grand Rapids
are at "code red -- unhealthy" air pollution.

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi/AQI.asp
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi/PM.asp

These monitors in Port Huron, Dearborn and Grand Rapids are showing
the highest PM 2.5 air pollution in the United States for the
24 hour average ending at 12 noon today.

http://www.epa.gov/cgi-bin/airnow.cgi?PollName=PM2.5&MapName=super&MapTy
pe=current_hour

Kalamazoo, Flint, Ypsilanti and Allen Park are showing
"unhealthy for sensitive groups"

I don't have complete PM 2.5 24 hour average data but Michigan
submitted a document showing 98th percentile PM 2.5 maximum
24 hour averages for years 2001-2003 that were far below what
is being measured today in SE Michigan and Grand Rapids.....so
this is likely to be record breaking air pollution in Michigan today
at least for Port Huron, Dearborn and Grand Rapids.

The Port Huron and Dearborn monitors should be regarded as
regional indicators of PM 2.5 in the Port Huron-Detroit corridor/region
since these are the only available real-time-reporting monitors
available.
Other air monitoring sites in SE Michigan showing "good" air quality
don't have real time reporting PM 2.5 monitors.

"unhealth for sensitive groups" begins at 40.5 micrograms/cubic meter
for
PM 2.5 At 12 noon, 24 hour averages in ug/m3 are...

Port Huron 70.3
Dearborn 77.5
Allen Park 64.9
Ypsilanti 50.3
Flint 41.8
Saginaw 40.2
Lansing 40
Grand Rapids 66.5
Kalamazoo 40.7
Holland 33.5
Houghton Lake 33.2

At 10 am Dearborn (by Salina School) had a peak 1 hour
of PM 2.5 at 111 ug/m3 There is no standard for
1 hour exposures but this is very, very high air pollution.




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