Seminars to teach public how to read upcoming BP air quality monitors

2013-04-26T10:23:00Z 2013-04-26T17:05:10Z Seminars to teach public how to read upcoming BP air quality monitorsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 26, 2013 10:23 am  • 

HAMMOND | A local environmental justice group is hosting two seminars next week aimed at teaching stakeholders how to access and analyze data from air quality monitors set to be installed at BP Whiting Refinery next year.

The Hammond-based Calumet Project was instrumental in reaching an agreement with BP last fall to expand air quality monitoring beyond federal regulations.

BP plans next year to install and operate an ultraviolet light system on the west side of the company's property at Schrage Avenue and on the southeast corner of the property near East Chicago's Marktown neighborhood.

The system will monitor air pollutants surrounding more than 1,000 feet of the company's fence line, including benzene, toluene, xylene, ozone, carbon disulfide and sulfur dioxide.

The data will be updated daily and available to the public on a BP Web site.

The Calumet Project seminars aim to teach the public how to access and understand the data using the new technology.

Organizers said a committee is being formed to alert the public if pollutants reach dangerous levels.

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