What’s in the Air? 
How Loud is too Loud?

The air you breathe should be safe and free of toxic particles. If that’s not possible, you should be informed.

Clear the Air. Know the Risks.

How do the gleaming towers and polished plazas benefit us if the air we breathe is polluted? #Rosslyn, ArlingtonVA

We Demand Clarity on Pollution Levels

That means the result you see, ‘Today Good Air Quality’ is not of the air you are breathing right now.

The air quality data comes from a monitor located far from development sites, giving you a false sense of security about the air you breathe. How does this one monitor help assess the real hazards of air pollution?

For accurate air quality index, monitors need to be close to hotspots to accurately assess health risks from air pollution.

There’s only one public air monitor for all of Arlington, controlled at the state level by Virginia DEQ. So why doesn’t Arlington County install air quality monitors and conduct testing near construction sites? Looks like we’re not exactly their top priority…

Shouldn’t we have the information to understand the levels of pollution in our environment and how these toxic dust particles spread to neighborhoods near development sites? How can we have this data if we have no monitoring?

The absence of real-time monitors for pollution data clearly shows that environmental concerns are taken lightly. It’s not just local negligence, it’s a calculated oversight. Monitors are often placed far from construction hotspots, deliberately obscuring the true impact on residents’ health. This setup is undeniable proof that the risks are known and intentionally hidden.

Why haven’t agencies responsible for public health regulations addressed the gap in data on the extensive urban redevelopment’s impact on us? What are they waiting for to act on safeguarding our lives?

What’s unseen is unfelt, until, perhaps, it hits the fan or the lungs, in this case. 

  1. Arlington County’s lack of monitoring.
    • Shouldn’t we question Arlington County’s commitment to community health and welfare, given their lack of monitoring? 
  2. The ‘one monitor’ in Arlington.
    • How effective is it to have one air quality monitor far away from pollution hotspots to assess the real hazards of toxic dust on the community?
  3. Air monitor equipment is a generic system.
    • The EPA air quality monitor equipment only measures particle size, failing to detect toxic substances like asbestos or silica, and thus falls short in assessing health risks.

Time to get those real-time monitors up and sniffing out the truth!

–It’s about whether you’re informed enough to take precautions, like wearing a mask, installing additional air filters, or protecting your baby’s lungs from inhaling toxic dust.

Monitors should provide clear and easily understandable information about particle toxicity, using symbols or headlines that convey the potential dangers to specific groups such as babies, pregnant women, or individuals with health issues.

We are demanding clarity and public access to the monitors, as well as highlighting the temporary nature of construction pollution, protecting everyone from the associated dangers, including dust pollution levels, because dust control methods are ineffective.

Imagine having Digital Street Monitors in every city …we have those bikes everywhere why not this?

Environmental Information Tailored Warnings for Daily Life: A monitor system to provide specific warnings, such as ‘today’s noise levels are too high for dogs,’ or ‘current silica levels pose a risk to pregnant individuals… read more

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