Redmore Environmental have used AQMesh to perform baseline air testing on land at a proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Heysham, Lancashire (UK).
The intended EfW site will process around 300,000 tonnes of residual waste per year in order to generate electricity and heat, which will be exported for use at local properties. The operation of such a facility may result in atmospheric emissions from the combustion of waste and subsequently contribute to an increase in pollution. As such, it is important to determine the existing air quality in the local area prior to the site being established.
An AQMesh air quality monitoring system was used during the first stage of testing, which involved a programme of continuous sampling to measure concentration levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in ambient air, as well as particulate matter.
The AQMesh pod was configured to undertake monitoring of NO2 concentrations at 1-minute averages and measurement of PM10 and PM2.5 at 15-minute averages. This was then placed on site and remained at its location for the course of one year.
The outcome of Redmore Environmental’s campaign was a complete data set of existing air quality conditions within the vicinity of the proposed EfW site. The results for individual pollutants were reviewed, compared with relevant Air Quality Standards set for the protection of human and ecological health and analysed in an overarching technical report.
A full range of Redmore Environmental’s testing capabilities can be found on their Air Quality Monitoring Services page.
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