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Three days exceeded the PM10 air quality objective in Brooklyn during July and August.
The results for July and August are a slight improvement on the same period last year, when there were four days that exceeded the objective. This continues the trend of air quality improvements – relative to recent years – that have been recorded in Brooklyn since the middle of February in 2014.
The statistics show Brooklyn has experienced five-year seasonal peaks in the number of dry days with consistent northerly winds during autumn and winter this year. Those are the weather conditions that help transport PM10 particles from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct to the neighbouring residential area to the south. Given the prevalence of those weather conditions we would expect an increase in poor air quality in Brooklyn, so it is encouraging to report there have been fewer poor air quality days during autumn and winter this year.
The gradual improvement in Brooklyn’s air quality during the 2014 autumn and winter seasons compared to the same seasons in previous years is most likely due to a combination of better dust management on industrial sites and targeted works to reduce road dust.
Despite the improvements during autumn and winter, it is still looking like there will be 25 to 30 days exceeding the PM10 air quality objective in Brooklyn for a third year in a row, which would mean Brooklyn’s air quality remains worse than anywhere else monitored by EPA in Victoria.
Page last updated on 19 May 2016