Clarity on Pollution Levels

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

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 or test 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?

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.

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

  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.

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?

–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.

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

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