November 6, 2008
Denny Larson, Global Community Monitor, 415-845-4705
On Saturday, city residents will learn to test their air with a method developed by Erin Brockovich
The East Michigan Environmental
Action Council (EMEAC) and partner groups organized the trainings, which will
be preceded on Friday when neighbors will give GCM staff a “Toxic
Tour” of pollution sites starting in
On Saturday, volunteers from
communities all over the state will participate in training on how to obtain
their own air samples starting at 9:00 am at the
The monitors track particulate matter pollution from diesel emissions, incineration and other toxic sources.
The "Bucket Brigade" is a simple, but effective, tool that dozens of communities use to determine what chemicals are in the air. Armed with their own data and information about the health effects of chemicals, these communities are winning impressive reductions of pollution, safety improvements and increasing enforcement of environmental laws.
The "Bucket Brigade"
is named for an easy to use air sampling device housed inside a 5 gallon
plastic bucket, not unlike the ones janitors use for mopping floors. The
"Bucket" was developed in
The idea originated in 1995 with
Edward Masry, the attorney who worked with environmental activist Erin
Brockovich. Angry about a release of toxic fumes from an oil refinery in
"The Global Community
Monitor took this idea of simplifying environmental sampling and has developed
a whole tool kit of methods to test for particulate pollution, heavy metals and
a wide range of toxins," said Denny Larson, who will be conducting the
Ahmina Maxey from East Michigan Environmental Action Council says, “This is exactly what we have been looking for. We know that the air quality around schools is not suitable for children to play and learn, but now we will have proof! We can also give neighbors and youth the tools they need to do something about the polluted air.
"We will get lab results that will determine exactly what we are being exposed to and know whether or not these are safe levels for school age children and residents to be exposed to. Once we receive the results we will compare them to the Environmental Protection Agency’s data and talk to local lawmakers about the results.”
It is the beginning of a
three-year partnership between Global Community Monitor (GCM) and EMEAC through
a partial grant from the