Air-monitoring station to be axed as cost-cutting measure

Steve Galton by the air-monitoring station at Millbrook Road, Southampton.

Steve Galton by the air-monitoring station at Millbrook Road, Southampton.

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IT may not look like much, but it is on the frontline of the battle to protect Southampton’s communities against dangerous pollution clouding the city.

Now an air-monitoring station based close to two of the city’s most congested roads will be axed by city chiefs to cut costs.

The station, due to close at the end of next month, is based in Millbrook Road, close to Redbridge Community School and Redbridge Road, and measures potentially toxic fumes from traffic and industries.

It comes as the city is lagging behind strict European emission controls – six years after they were put in place – as reported by the Daily Echo.

The city is one of 16 areas in the country where the Government has not put forward a plan to reduce emissions, according to the European Commission.

The commission has launched legal action against the UK due to a failure to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide, which could lead to a £300m fine.

Southampton City Council’s leaders insist that the air monitoring station will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently to monitor nitrogen dioxide levels, which it considers are the most dangerous to health.

But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter.

Now a petition has been launched to upgrade a similar monitoring station at the junction of Millbrook Road and Waterhouse Lane installed by Marchwood Power as a planning requirement by the Environment Agency.

Millbrook ward Tory candidate Steve Galton is leading the campaign.

He claims that it would cost £5,000 to upgrade the Waterhouse Lane station’s air monitoring cabin and £3,000 in maintenance – the equivalent of 10p per year per person.

He says that continuous readings are needed to measure exact levels for protest against the Helius-proposed biomass power station.

He said: “We need a full range of tools to monitor pollution, which often reaches peaks at busy rush hour periods. We need continuous air-monitoring of every hour of every day to see what’s out there.

"Having an accurate and irrefutable set of figures for exactly how poor local air quality is can only help residents.”

A council spokesman said: “The continuous monitoring stations have helped demonstrate that nitrogen dioxide is the only pollutant exceeding threshold levels within the city and the concern is the annual average, rather than short duration peaks.

“A diffusion tube network provides the most effective means of measuring this.

“In recent years the levels of air pollution have tended to decline and the data is suggesting that efforts made to improve air quality through the city’s Air Quality Action Plan could achieve levels below the threshold by 2016.”

Southampton City Council currently operates 60 diffusion tubes across the city and has monitoring stations at Onslow Road, Victoria Road and in Brintons Road, which is operated on behalf of the Department of Food and Rural Affairs.

The petition is at sotonair.co.uk.

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11:09am Wed 19 Mar 14

StevenGalton says...

Thanks for highlighting this story Daily Echo!

Our campaign is about utilising the full monitoring equipment being removed from the Redbridge School site and re-installing it at the Waterhouse Lane site, where limited monitoring currently takes place.

This will give an accurate and constant record of a number of air quality factors - including PM (Particulate Matter) which is a big concern for local residents!

I appreciate money is tight but this will cost less than the extra cabinet positions the Labour Council created for themselves and will genuinely help reassure residents and give accurate data for any planning considerations unlike the "guestimates" and average figures now used by the likes of Helius in their planning applications within the Western Docks.
Thanks for highlighting this story Daily Echo! Our campaign is about utilising the full monitoring equipment being removed from the Redbridge School site and re-installing it at the Waterhouse Lane site, where limited monitoring currently takes place. This will give an accurate and constant record of a number of air quality factors - including PM (Particulate Matter) which is a big concern for local residents! I appreciate money is tight but this will cost less than the extra cabinet positions the Labour Council created for themselves and will genuinely help reassure residents and give accurate data for any planning considerations unlike the "guestimates" and average figures now used by the likes of Helius in their planning applications within the Western Docks. StevenGalton
  • Score: 1

11:19am Wed 19 Mar 14

Lone Ranger. says...

What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place.
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Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter.
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Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010.
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So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago.
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What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place. . Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter. . Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010. . So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago. . Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 5

11:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

hulla baloo says...

Legal action against the UK, and we will pay the fine without a fuss. Yet across the channel, Paris is running a trial of car reduction on alternate days.
Any news if they have been fined?
Legal action against the UK, and we will pay the fine without a fuss. Yet across the channel, Paris is running a trial of car reduction on alternate days. Any news if they have been fined? hulla baloo
  • Score: 7

11:38am Wed 19 Mar 14

Seacare says...

Is this part of the overall plan to reduce the information flow so they can park the Biomass Plant across the road......No records = No grounds to object or hinder the Application and No records to show what we will end up with falling from the sky on top of us!......Object to the removal of this Air Quality Station we need it ....................
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Is this part of the overall plan to reduce the information flow so they can park the Biomass Plant across the road......No records = No grounds to object or hinder the Application and No records to show what we will end up with falling from the sky on top of us!......Object to the removal of this Air Quality Station we need it .................... ...... Seacare
  • Score: 2

11:41am Wed 19 Mar 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Steve Galton may be a Tory and raising this serious subject for political reasons but that should not be the reason for not wishing him and others who may also be campaigning for proper air monitoring success.

Considering the Leader of the Council Simon Letts often pretends to be very trendy pro-environment person it is sad indictment because under his nose which ever of his over paid and unfit for the purpose poodle (also known as cabinet member) may have decided to make this cut on the say so of some equally useless pen pusher.

Simon Letts should be getting rid of the poodle that has dropped him into the brown stinking stuff and demanding proper funding from the Coalition Government and ask George Osborne what happened to Cameron's sound bite of green Conservatism and promise to certain husky dog that Tories will look after the environment.....

Environment of our planet Earth must be protected, short term penny pinching by either local NuLabour or the ConDem Coalition will prove to be too expensive in the long run.

To save the environment all those who care should unite and should avoid turning protection of environment into political ping pong.
Steve Galton may be a Tory and raising this serious subject for political reasons but that should not be the reason for not wishing him and others who may also be campaigning for proper air monitoring success. Considering the Leader of the Council Simon Letts often pretends to be very trendy pro-environment person it is sad indictment because under his nose which ever of his over paid and unfit for the purpose poodle (also known as cabinet member) may have decided to make this cut on the say so of some equally useless pen pusher. Simon Letts should be getting rid of the poodle that has dropped him into the brown stinking stuff and demanding proper funding from the Coalition Government and ask George Osborne what happened to Cameron's sound bite of green Conservatism and promise to certain husky dog that Tories will look after the environment..... Environment of our planet Earth must be protected, short term penny pinching by either local NuLabour or the ConDem Coalition will prove to be too expensive in the long run. To save the environment all those who care should unite and should avoid turning protection of environment into political ping pong. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 3

11:53am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jesta-a-View says...

They can monitor it using the AQMS's but does the monitoring actually improve air quality?

It seems, despite INCREASING traffic within the City confines & the resultant static chaos of endless jams, according to an unnamed "Council Spokesman" MIRACULOUSLY .... it does!

Who else believes this?
They can monitor it using the AQMS's but does the monitoring actually improve air quality? It seems, despite INCREASING traffic within the City confines & the resultant static chaos of endless jams, according to an unnamed "Council Spokesman" MIRACULOUSLY .... it does! Who else believes this? Jesta-a-View
  • Score: 0

12:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place.
.
Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter.
.
Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010.
.
So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago.
.
With greatest respect to you, just because last Tory administration (or misadministration to exact) miserably failed on improving the air quality along with many other things they messed up, cannot be used as excuse for the NuLabour's miserable record.

We the people through democratic process removed the Tories and replaced them with you darlings, the NuLabourites, because they promised to do better. But unfortunately rather than standing up to Con Dem Coalition and demanding proper financial resources they are performing no better than the last Tory lot.

Please face the fact buck stops with whoever is in charge, which is NuLabour's Simon Letts and his right wing collection of self serving arrogant brainless wonders.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place. . Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter. . Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010. . So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago. .[/p][/quote]With greatest respect to you, just because last Tory administration (or misadministration to exact) miserably failed on improving the air quality along with many other things they messed up, cannot be used as excuse for the NuLabour's miserable record. We the people through democratic process removed the Tories and replaced them with you darlings, the NuLabourites, because they promised to do better. But unfortunately rather than standing up to Con Dem Coalition and demanding proper financial resources they are performing no better than the last Tory lot. Please face the fact buck stops with whoever is in charge, which is NuLabour's Simon Letts and his right wing collection of self serving arrogant brainless wonders. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

townieboy says...

A pointless bit of kit. Good or bad nothing is ever going tobe acted upon is it.
A pointless bit of kit. Good or bad nothing is ever going tobe acted upon is it. townieboy
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place.
.
Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter.
.
Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010.
.
So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago.
.
With greatest respect to you, just because last Tory administration (or misadministration to exact) miserably failed on improving the air quality along with many other things they messed up, cannot be used as excuse for the NuLabour's miserable record.

We the people through democratic process removed the Tories and replaced them with you darlings, the NuLabourites, because they promised to do better. But unfortunately rather than standing up to Con Dem Coalition and demanding proper financial resources they are performing no better than the last Tory lot.

Please face the fact buck stops with whoever is in charge, which is NuLabour's Simon Letts and his right wing collection of self serving arrogant brainless wonders.
I dont think that i mentioned anything about Labour in my post.
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I simply pointed out that nothing was carried out by the Tories by 2010 when targets should have been met.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: What a pity that when the Tories were running the Council that they didnt seem to act on the air monitoring that was taking place. . Quote:- But environmental campaigners, backed by the Tory opposition, claim that the station is vital because it provides continuous, rather than intermittent and average readings, and also measures levels of the cancer-causing airbourne substance particulate matter. . Quote:- Limits on the toxic gas, which is mainly created by traffic fumes, should have been met by January 2010. . So all of a sudden we have the caring Tories who did NOTHING about achieving the limits on toxic gas which should have been sorted over 4 years ago. .[/p][/quote]With greatest respect to you, just because last Tory administration (or misadministration to exact) miserably failed on improving the air quality along with many other things they messed up, cannot be used as excuse for the NuLabour's miserable record. We the people through democratic process removed the Tories and replaced them with you darlings, the NuLabourites, because they promised to do better. But unfortunately rather than standing up to Con Dem Coalition and demanding proper financial resources they are performing no better than the last Tory lot. Please face the fact buck stops with whoever is in charge, which is NuLabour's Simon Letts and his right wing collection of self serving arrogant brainless wonders.[/p][/quote]I dont think that i mentioned anything about Labour in my post. . I simply pointed out that nothing was carried out by the Tories by 2010 when targets should have been met. Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

StevenGalton says...

Seacare / Paramjit:

This isn't a political motivated action - If it was politically motivated I'd be pointing out the Labour literature delivered in Millbrook saying air quality monitoring stations were under threat due to the coalition, when in fact the 2 air quality monitoring stations in Southampton being removed are run by the Labour Council... However, I agree with these decisions as the air diffusion network can monitor NO at these 2 sites just as adequately and cheaper so it makes sense to me and shouldn't be turned into a political football!

What doesn't make sense is not re-using the full removed equipment at a very sensitive site, adjacent to an area of the docks that seems subject to increased heavy industrial processes and their increase in localised air pollution - That's what this campaign is about as it will provide the data needed to accurately assess future planning considerations in the docks.

This is about standing up for all local residents, myself included!

By monitoring PM we will see what we are breathing in and have a real time record of the air quality next to our homes and the main entry road/docks in the Western part of our city.
Seacare / Paramjit: This isn't a political motivated action - If it was politically motivated I'd be pointing out the Labour literature delivered in Millbrook saying air quality monitoring stations were under threat due to the coalition, when in fact the 2 air quality monitoring stations in Southampton being removed are run by the Labour Council... However, I agree with these decisions as the air diffusion network can monitor NO at these 2 sites just as adequately and cheaper so it makes sense to me and shouldn't be turned into a political football! What doesn't make sense is not re-using the full removed equipment at a very sensitive site, adjacent to an area of the docks that seems subject to increased heavy industrial processes and their increase in localised air pollution - That's what this campaign is about as it will provide the data needed to accurately assess future planning considerations in the docks. This is about standing up for all local residents, myself included! By monitoring PM we will see what we are breathing in and have a real time record of the air quality next to our homes and the main entry road/docks in the Western part of our city. StevenGalton
  • Score: -2

12:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

StevenGalton wrote:
Thanks for highlighting this story Daily Echo!

Our campaign is about utilising the full monitoring equipment being removed from the Redbridge School site and re-installing it at the Waterhouse Lane site, where limited monitoring currently takes place.

This will give an accurate and constant record of a number of air quality factors - including PM (Particulate Matter) which is a big concern for local residents!

I appreciate money is tight but this will cost less than the extra cabinet positions the Labour Council created for themselves and will genuinely help reassure residents and give accurate data for any planning considerations unlike the "guestimates" and average figures now used by the likes of Helius in their planning applications within the Western Docks.
Steve, because you have decided to campaign on the right issue, I was tempted to sign your petition on sotonair website.

But could not even force myself to do so because most unfortunately you too appear to be be playing similar trick upon us the ordinary people as your arrogant out of touch posh boy Cameron did with a husky.

Under the excuse of campaigning for investment in air quality monitoring your website is also designed to collect data on people's voting preferences, which will help you and your colleagues with canvassing for elections.

If innocent husky whom Cameron exploited for photo opportunity could speak now he would be telling dodgy Dave that he (the husky) won't even pi55 on him because of him (Cameron) having failed to deliver on promise to save the environment...... Strangely I was tempted to write the same on your petetion so could not sign it.
Kind regards
P.Bahia
[quote][p][bold]StevenGalton[/bold] wrote: Thanks for highlighting this story Daily Echo! Our campaign is about utilising the full monitoring equipment being removed from the Redbridge School site and re-installing it at the Waterhouse Lane site, where limited monitoring currently takes place. This will give an accurate and constant record of a number of air quality factors - including PM (Particulate Matter) which is a big concern for local residents! I appreciate money is tight but this will cost less than the extra cabinet positions the Labour Council created for themselves and will genuinely help reassure residents and give accurate data for any planning considerations unlike the "guestimates" and average figures now used by the likes of Helius in their planning applications within the Western Docks.[/p][/quote]Steve, because you have decided to campaign on the right issue, I was tempted to sign your petition on sotonair website. But could not even force myself to do so because most unfortunately you too appear to be be playing similar trick upon us the ordinary people as your arrogant out of touch posh boy Cameron did with a husky. Under the excuse of campaigning for investment in air quality monitoring your website is also designed to collect data on people's voting preferences, which will help you and your colleagues with canvassing for elections. If innocent husky whom Cameron exploited for photo opportunity could speak now he would be telling dodgy Dave that he (the husky) won't even pi55 on him because of him (Cameron) having failed to deliver on promise to save the environment...... Strangely I was tempted to write the same on your petetion so could not sign it. Kind regards P.Bahia Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Shoong says...

Yawn, surprise, surprise, it's all got a bit political.
Yawn, surprise, surprise, it's all got a bit political. Shoong
  • Score: 0

12:50pm Wed 19 Mar 14

StevenGalton says...

You are welcome to ignore the non required elements of the form on the campaign website - all that is needed is a name, email and address so these can be passed on and verified if needed to show the level of support for the upgrade of air quality monitoring.
You are welcome to ignore the non required elements of the form on the campaign website - all that is needed is a name, email and address so these can be passed on and verified if needed to show the level of support for the upgrade of air quality monitoring. StevenGalton
  • Score: -2

9:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Did Labour when out electioneering & trying to whip up votes by slating the Tories over a Sulphur plant tell the same residents they were going to scrap this air monitor?
Did Labour when out electioneering & trying to whip up votes by slating the Tories over a Sulphur plant tell the same residents they were going to scrap this air monitor? loosehead
  • Score: 0

9:19am Thu 20 Mar 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Southampton has one of the country's highest rates of mortality from conditions related to particulate matter and it is very likely that these are concentrated in the City's worst Air Quality Management Areas - including the busy western approach road to the city. Evidence compiled by the Government clearly shows that the biggest single cause of air pollution from particulates is exhaust emissions from vehicles. Increased activity in the docks has resulted in increased vehicle movements and the challenge here is to either reduce this (and so impact negatively on the productivity of the port) or to mitigate against its harmful effects.

The 'just say no' approach works well in generating newspaper headlines for would-be politicians but does little to address the real issues. Campaigns on important environmental issues like with the proposed Helius' biomass power station, the Sulphur plant and Air Quality Monitoring stations are undermined when they are expropriated for narrow party political ends which do little for those communities that are at risk.

There some really cases of how local communities - by working together - have started to address air quality in places like Sheffield, Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon and it might be better to emulate these constructive examples rather than score cheap political points as the local elections loom.
Southampton has one of the country's highest rates of mortality from conditions related to particulate matter and it is very likely that these are concentrated in the City's worst Air Quality Management Areas - including the busy western approach road to the city. Evidence compiled by the Government clearly shows that the biggest single cause of air pollution from particulates is exhaust emissions from vehicles. Increased activity in the docks has resulted in increased vehicle movements and the challenge here is to either reduce this (and so impact negatively on the productivity of the port) or to mitigate against its harmful effects. The 'just say no' approach works well in generating newspaper headlines for would-be politicians but does little to address the real issues. Campaigns on important environmental issues like with the proposed Helius' biomass power station, the Sulphur plant and Air Quality Monitoring stations are undermined when they are expropriated for narrow party political ends which do little for those communities that are at risk. There some really cases of how local communities - by working together - have started to address air quality in places like Sheffield, Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon and it might be better to emulate these constructive examples rather than score cheap political points as the local elections loom. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 0

11:45am Thu 20 Mar 14

loosehead says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
Southampton has one of the country's highest rates of mortality from conditions related to particulate matter and it is very likely that these are concentrated in the City's worst Air Quality Management Areas - including the busy western approach road to the city. Evidence compiled by the Government clearly shows that the biggest single cause of air pollution from particulates is exhaust emissions from vehicles. Increased activity in the docks has resulted in increased vehicle movements and the challenge here is to either reduce this (and so impact negatively on the productivity of the port) or to mitigate against its harmful effects.

The 'just say no' approach works well in generating newspaper headlines for would-be politicians but does little to address the real issues. Campaigns on important environmental issues like with the proposed Helius' biomass power station, the Sulphur plant and Air Quality Monitoring stations are undermined when they are expropriated for narrow party political ends which do little for those communities that are at risk.

There some really cases of how local communities - by working together - have started to address air quality in places like Sheffield, Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon and it might be better to emulate these constructive examples rather than score cheap political points as the local elections loom.
So you're happy to lose this Air monitoring station then hey councillor?
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: Southampton has one of the country's highest rates of mortality from conditions related to particulate matter and it is very likely that these are concentrated in the City's worst Air Quality Management Areas - including the busy western approach road to the city. Evidence compiled by the Government clearly shows that the biggest single cause of air pollution from particulates is exhaust emissions from vehicles. Increased activity in the docks has resulted in increased vehicle movements and the challenge here is to either reduce this (and so impact negatively on the productivity of the port) or to mitigate against its harmful effects. The 'just say no' approach works well in generating newspaper headlines for would-be politicians but does little to address the real issues. Campaigns on important environmental issues like with the proposed Helius' biomass power station, the Sulphur plant and Air Quality Monitoring stations are undermined when they are expropriated for narrow party political ends which do little for those communities that are at risk. There some really cases of how local communities - by working together - have started to address air quality in places like Sheffield, Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon and it might be better to emulate these constructive examples rather than score cheap political points as the local elections loom.[/p][/quote]So you're happy to lose this Air monitoring station then hey councillor? loosehead
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Dan Soton says...

It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)


We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide


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"FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY

LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory....

...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am.

The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..."

The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.

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So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently.

I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy.

Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act.



,,
It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide - "FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory.... ...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am. The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..." The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. - So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently. I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy. Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act. ,, Dan Soton
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Dan Soton wrote:
It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)


We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide


-

"FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY

LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory....

...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am.

The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..."

The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.

-

So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently.

I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy.

Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act.



,,
so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain?
Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?
[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide - "FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory.... ...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am. The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..." The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. - So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently. I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy. Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act. ,,[/p][/quote]so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain? Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ? loosehead
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12:40am Sat 22 Mar 14

Dan Soton says...

loosehead wrote:
Dan Soton wrote:
It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)


We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide


-

"FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY

LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory....

...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am.

The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..."

The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.

-

So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently.

I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy.

Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act.



,,
so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain?
Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?
Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton


Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels.

It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow....

The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT.

If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option.



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[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide - "FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory.... ...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am. The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..." The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. - So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently. I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy. Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act. ,,[/p][/quote]so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain? Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?[/p][/quote]Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels. It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow.... The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT. If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option. ,, ,, Dan Soton
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12:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Dan Soton wrote:
It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)


We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide


-

"FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY

LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory....

...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am.

The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..."

The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.

-

So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently.

I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy.

Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act.



,,
so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain?
Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?
Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton


Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels.

It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow....

The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT.

If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option.



,,
,,
If Council's won't provide continuous pollution monitoring for all.. we're heading for a divided society of “Haves” and “Have-Nots” ..



SMARTPHONE SENSORS RECORD TIMELY, ACCURATE AIR QUALITY.

Ioana Patringenaru, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego | March 18, 2013 05:26pm ET.

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors with which users can monitor air quality in real time — on their smart phones.

THE SENSORS WHICH ARE CALLED CITISENSE, MAY BE PARTICULARLY USEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC CONDITIONS, SUCH AS ASTHMA, AND MUST AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS.

Data from the sensors may be used to estimate air quality throughout the area where the devices are deployed — not just within a localized space.The goal is a wireless network in which hundreds or thousands of small environmental sensors carried by the public rely on cell phones to shuttle information to central computers where it will be analyzed, anonymized and shared with individuals, public health agencies and cities at large.

The CitiSense sensors detect ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, the most common pollutants emitted by cars and trucks. The user interface displays the sensor's readings on a smart phone by using a color-coded scale for air quality based on the EPA's air quality ratings, from green (good) to purple (hazardous).

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http://www.livescien
ce.com/27992-portabl
e-pollution-sensors-
improve-data-nsf-ria
.html




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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide - "FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory.... ...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am. The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..." The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. - So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently. I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy. Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act. ,,[/p][/quote]so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain? Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?[/p][/quote]Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels. It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow.... The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT. If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option. ,, ,,[/p][/quote]If Council's won't provide continuous pollution monitoring for all.. we're heading for a divided society of “Haves” and “Have-Nots” .. SMARTPHONE SENSORS RECORD TIMELY, ACCURATE AIR QUALITY. Ioana Patringenaru, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego | March 18, 2013 05:26pm ET. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors with which users can monitor air quality in real time — on their smart phones. THE SENSORS WHICH ARE CALLED CITISENSE, MAY BE PARTICULARLY USEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC CONDITIONS, SUCH AS ASTHMA, AND MUST AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS. Data from the sensors may be used to estimate air quality throughout the area where the devices are deployed — not just within a localized space.The goal is a wireless network in which hundreds or thousands of small environmental sensors carried by the public rely on cell phones to shuttle information to central computers where it will be analyzed, anonymized and shared with individuals, public health agencies and cities at large. The CitiSense sensors detect ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, the most common pollutants emitted by cars and trucks. The user interface displays the sensor's readings on a smart phone by using a color-coded scale for air quality based on the EPA's air quality ratings, from green (good) to purple (hazardous). - http://www.livescien ce.com/27992-portabl e-pollution-sensors- improve-data-nsf-ria .html ,, Dan Soton
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6:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
Dan Soton wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Dan Soton wrote:
It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)


We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide


-

"FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY

LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory....

...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am.

The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..."

The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.

-

So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently.

I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy.

Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act.



,,
so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain?
Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?
Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton


Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels.

It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow....

The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT.

If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option.



,,
,,
If Council's won't provide continuous pollution monitoring for all.. we're heading for a divided society of “Haves” and “Have-Nots” ..



SMARTPHONE SENSORS RECORD TIMELY, ACCURATE AIR QUALITY.

Ioana Patringenaru, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego | March 18, 2013 05:26pm ET.

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors with which users can monitor air quality in real time — on their smart phones.

THE SENSORS WHICH ARE CALLED CITISENSE, MAY BE PARTICULARLY USEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC CONDITIONS, SUCH AS ASTHMA, AND MUST AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS.

Data from the sensors may be used to estimate air quality throughout the area where the devices are deployed — not just within a localized space.The goal is a wireless network in which hundreds or thousands of small environmental sensors carried by the public rely on cell phones to shuttle information to central computers where it will be analyzed, anonymized and shared with individuals, public health agencies and cities at large.

The CitiSense sensors detect ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, the most common pollutants emitted by cars and trucks. The user interface displays the sensor's readings on a smart phone by using a color-coded scale for air quality based on the EPA's air quality ratings, from green (good) to purple (hazardous).

-

http://www.livescien

ce.com/27992-portabl

e-pollution-sensors-

improve-data-nsf-ria

.html




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Are we living in a alternative reality where UK Politicians pedal disinformation and EU Bureaucrats empower the people ?


The EU is backing (a doable project) low cost continuous pollution monitoring via mobile phones.. the sensors are manufactured in the United Kingdom...




YOU AND I WILL MONITOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Environmental information about CO2, airborne dust and pollen will no longer be collected only at isolated measuring stations. From now on, cyclists, bus drivers and the man in the street will be able to do their bit.

Twenty portable sensors will be issued to volunteers in the city and to employees such as traffic wardens who are exposed to urban pollution at work.

By Åse Dragland

24 Feb 2014

"AT PRESENT, ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS ARE MADE USING EXPENSIVE STATIONS SPREAD AROUND THE COUNTRY. HOWEVER, NOW THAT EVERYBODY HAS A MOBILE PHONE, AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, WE OURSELVES CAN CONTRIBUTE WITH VARIOUS TYPES OF DATA," SAYS ARNE BERRE AT SINTEF ICT.

"More and better information is particularly valuable on days of high pollution or high pollen counts. Making their own measurements will get the general public involved in their own environment. Everybody can now receive useful feedback about the conditions around us.

"TECHNOLOGY WILL BE DEVELOPED BY WAY OF THE EU PROJECTS CITI-SENSE AND CITI-SENSE-MOB. THESE WILL ENABLE ORDINARY PEOPLE TO COLLECT ENVIRONMENTAL DATA. Research scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and SINTEF are already well under way with the Norwegian contribution."

SENSORS ABOARD BUSES

"We are now having discussions with Oslo Municipality about fitting buses with sensors to measure air quality along the roads. The bus drivers themselves will also find this information useful as they will see how acceleration and driving style affects the results and can learn to drive in a more ecologically friendly way" says Berre.

Magne Elvik, Operations Manager at Nobina Oslo Vest, confirms that sensors will be tested aboard two gas-powered buses at the beginning of April on routes around Grorud, Sinsen and Oslo Central Station, as well as out to Fornebu. If the tests go according to plan, a further eight buses will be included in the experiment.

ON STREETLAMPS AND ELECTRIC BIKES

Last year was mostly dedicated to testing new technology and getting everything to function so that data could be obtained for later use. The actual measurements will take place in the coming months.

Nuria Castell at NILU says that a total of 40 static sensors will be deployed in Oslo. "Air quality is a matter of public concern in Norway, too," she says. "We will fit sensors to streetlamps, for example, to cover city centre areas where pollution is high, and will also monitor neighbourhoods adjacent to Ring Roads 2 and 3, and at Bygdøy.

Twenty portable sensors will be issued to volunteers in the city and to employees such as traffic wardens who are exposed to urban pollution at work. The citizens of Oslo will also be able to measure air quality when cycling, and at least one sensor will be fitted to an electric bike.

"Admittedly there have been some delays," Castell confirms, "But we are starting this spring with two buses, a bicycle and five fixed sensors. By the end of the summer we aim to have full distribution involving more buses, and in the autumn all the fixed sensors will be installed, as well as those carried by people. Measurements will then be carried out in the city throughout 2015."

LAPEL BUTTONS

In December, SINTEF tested hand-held units for collecting weather and wind data as well as a small lapel button (see video) for measuring UV radiation.

"We have now sent the equipment to Bilbao for large-scale testing," says Arne Berre.

This is because around thirty partners in Europe are busy with measurements and tests. Among other things, they will provide both indoor and outdoor measurements of CO2 levels in schools. With such a large amount of data, the EU will be able to make comparisons and obtain a basis for developing joint solutions as well as for sharing technology.

The next step will deal with how to successfully involve people in future by means of user participation and work groups. The plan is to test the technology with selected individuals in 2014 and then make it more generally available during 2015.

See the www.citi-sense.eu and www.citi-sense-mob.e
u websites for further information.

KEY FACTS:

• The EU's Citi-Sense environmental project (2012-2016) will measure the pollution to which individual citizens are exposed. This is achieved using mini-sensors and other electronic equipment to collect environmental data for an online data register. The objective of the project is to improve quality of life in towns and cities. The project attempts to motivate the local population and improve awareness. 27 partner institutions from nine cities in Europe are involved. The project is headed by NILU.

• The EU's Citi-Sense-MOB project will run from 2013 to 2015 and involves installing sensors on mobile platforms (buses and bicycles) to make regular measurements. Each of the four Norwegian partners has its own principal focus – NILU on the quality of sensor data, SINTEF on integration towards global standards and data visualisation, Kjeller Innovation on the use of sensor data in other applications and UNIK on user involvement.

• THE SENSORS ARE MANUFACTURED BY VARIOUS EUROPEAN COMPANIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, SERBIA AND SPAIN.


http://www.sintef.no
/home/Press-Room/Res
earch-News/You-and-I
-will-monitor-the-en
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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: It's a given.. Oxbow Carbon Sulphur one of America's most hated polluters is setting up home in the City, we have to have continuous monitoring of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) We can't choose to save money, Oxbow Carbon Sulphur has changed the game.. Burning Sulphur Creates Sulphur Dioxide - "FIRE AT FRENCH SULPHUR-PROCESSING FACILITY LILLE, France -- Authorities warned some 80,000 people in northern France to stay home and close their windows and doors for nearly five hours Saturday after a large cloud of sulphur leaked from a chemicals factory.... ...Dozens of rescuers and chemicals teams fanned out near the chemicals factory in an industrial suburb of Dunkirk where a fire broke out around 5 am. The alert was called off nearly six hours later. The site converts liquid sulphur into a solid..." The emission incident happened in Dunkirk and was caused by a fire at a sulphur processing facility. The fire produced a large volume of sulphur-dioxide gas. There was no evacuation of people in the vicinity, BUT 80,000 PEOPLE WERE ORDERED TO STAY INDOORS. EIGHT PEOPLE BREATHED IN THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND REQUIRED TREATMENT. TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. - So to save money Southampton Council insist that the continuous SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) monitoring stations will be replaced by a network of diffusion tubes used intermittently. I've got news for Southampton Council.. the EU's Supreme Court has a remedy. Southampton's Cllr's/MPs can't flout environmental law with impunity, you have a legal duty to protect us from the harmful effects of toxic air pollution, if you don't we can demand justice and the courts must act. ,,[/p][/quote]so you agree with Steve Galton & this air monitoring station should remain? Will the next U-Turn by this council be to allow the Bio Mass Generator ?[/p][/quote]Loosehead says... So you agree with Steve Galton Yes, If he agrees with continuous pollution monitoring (NOX, SO2, O3, PM10 etc ) stations all around the City that trigger an early warning system when pollution is about to hit dangerous levels. It might be a small price to pay when you consider the £300m EU air pollution fine which dates back to 2010.. and no doubt more fines to follow.... The EU Supreme Court has declared that the UK Government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, The Government can't flout environmental law with impunity. IF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BREAK THE LAW, CITIZENS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND THE COURTS MUST ACT. If Southampton's Council leaders are dragged before the EU's Supreme Court it will be their own doing.. burying their heads in the sand and blaming the Government is not an option. ,, ,,[/p][/quote]If Council's won't provide continuous pollution monitoring for all.. we're heading for a divided society of “Haves” and “Have-Nots” .. SMARTPHONE SENSORS RECORD TIMELY, ACCURATE AIR QUALITY. Ioana Patringenaru, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego | March 18, 2013 05:26pm ET. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors with which users can monitor air quality in real time — on their smart phones. THE SENSORS WHICH ARE CALLED CITISENSE, MAY BE PARTICULARLY USEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC CONDITIONS, SUCH AS ASTHMA, AND MUST AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS. Data from the sensors may be used to estimate air quality throughout the area where the devices are deployed — not just within a localized space.The goal is a wireless network in which hundreds or thousands of small environmental sensors carried by the public rely on cell phones to shuttle information to central computers where it will be analyzed, anonymized and shared with individuals, public health agencies and cities at large. The CitiSense sensors detect ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, the most common pollutants emitted by cars and trucks. The user interface displays the sensor's readings on a smart phone by using a color-coded scale for air quality based on the EPA's air quality ratings, from green (good) to purple (hazardous). - http://www.livescien ce.com/27992-portabl e-pollution-sensors- improve-data-nsf-ria .html ,,[/p][/quote],, Are we living in a alternative reality where UK Politicians pedal disinformation and EU Bureaucrats empower the people ? The EU is backing (a doable project) low cost continuous pollution monitoring via mobile phones.. the sensors are manufactured in the United Kingdom... YOU AND I WILL MONITOR THE ENVIRONMENT Environmental information about CO2, airborne dust and pollen will no longer be collected only at isolated measuring stations. From now on, cyclists, bus drivers and the man in the street will be able to do their bit. Twenty portable sensors will be issued to volunteers in the city and to employees such as traffic wardens who are exposed to urban pollution at work. By Åse Dragland 24 Feb 2014 "AT PRESENT, ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS ARE MADE USING EXPENSIVE STATIONS SPREAD AROUND THE COUNTRY. HOWEVER, NOW THAT EVERYBODY HAS A MOBILE PHONE, AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, WE OURSELVES CAN CONTRIBUTE WITH VARIOUS TYPES OF DATA," SAYS ARNE BERRE AT SINTEF ICT. "More and better information is particularly valuable on days of high pollution or high pollen counts. Making their own measurements will get the general public involved in their own environment. Everybody can now receive useful feedback about the conditions around us. "TECHNOLOGY WILL BE DEVELOPED BY WAY OF THE EU PROJECTS CITI-SENSE AND CITI-SENSE-MOB. THESE WILL ENABLE ORDINARY PEOPLE TO COLLECT ENVIRONMENTAL DATA. Research scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and SINTEF are already well under way with the Norwegian contribution." SENSORS ABOARD BUSES "We are now having discussions with Oslo Municipality about fitting buses with sensors to measure air quality along the roads. The bus drivers themselves will also find this information useful as they will see how acceleration and driving style affects the results and can learn to drive in a more ecologically friendly way" says Berre. Magne Elvik, Operations Manager at Nobina Oslo Vest, confirms that sensors will be tested aboard two gas-powered buses at the beginning of April on routes around Grorud, Sinsen and Oslo Central Station, as well as out to Fornebu. If the tests go according to plan, a further eight buses will be included in the experiment. ON STREETLAMPS AND ELECTRIC BIKES Last year was mostly dedicated to testing new technology and getting everything to function so that data could be obtained for later use. The actual measurements will take place in the coming months. Nuria Castell at NILU says that a total of 40 static sensors will be deployed in Oslo. "Air quality is a matter of public concern in Norway, too," she says. "We will fit sensors to streetlamps, for example, to cover city centre areas where pollution is high, and will also monitor neighbourhoods adjacent to Ring Roads 2 and 3, and at Bygdøy. Twenty portable sensors will be issued to volunteers in the city and to employees such as traffic wardens who are exposed to urban pollution at work. The citizens of Oslo will also be able to measure air quality when cycling, and at least one sensor will be fitted to an electric bike. "Admittedly there have been some delays," Castell confirms, "But we are starting this spring with two buses, a bicycle and five fixed sensors. By the end of the summer we aim to have full distribution involving more buses, and in the autumn all the fixed sensors will be installed, as well as those carried by people. Measurements will then be carried out in the city throughout 2015." LAPEL BUTTONS In December, SINTEF tested hand-held units for collecting weather and wind data as well as a small lapel button (see video) for measuring UV radiation. "We have now sent the equipment to Bilbao for large-scale testing," says Arne Berre. This is because around thirty partners in Europe are busy with measurements and tests. Among other things, they will provide both indoor and outdoor measurements of CO2 levels in schools. With such a large amount of data, the EU will be able to make comparisons and obtain a basis for developing joint solutions as well as for sharing technology. The next step will deal with how to successfully involve people in future by means of user participation and work groups. The plan is to test the technology with selected individuals in 2014 and then make it more generally available during 2015. See the www.citi-sense.eu and www.citi-sense-mob.e u websites for further information. KEY FACTS: • The EU's Citi-Sense environmental project (2012-2016) will measure the pollution to which individual citizens are exposed. This is achieved using mini-sensors and other electronic equipment to collect environmental data for an online data register. The objective of the project is to improve quality of life in towns and cities. The project attempts to motivate the local population and improve awareness. 27 partner institutions from nine cities in Europe are involved. The project is headed by NILU. • The EU's Citi-Sense-MOB project will run from 2013 to 2015 and involves installing sensors on mobile platforms (buses and bicycles) to make regular measurements. Each of the four Norwegian partners has its own principal focus – NILU on the quality of sensor data, SINTEF on integration towards global standards and data visualisation, Kjeller Innovation on the use of sensor data in other applications and UNIK on user involvement. • THE SENSORS ARE MANUFACTURED BY VARIOUS EUROPEAN COMPANIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, SERBIA AND SPAIN. http://www.sintef.no /home/Press-Room/Res earch-News/You-and-I -will-monitor-the-en vironment/ ,, Dan Soton
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