EPA’s Francis Street air quality and noise monitoring program, which began in May 2012, has now ended.
The program has provided clarity to residents on air quality and noise levels, and updated EPA’s knowledge of this busy suburban street. We have used results from this program to flag air quality and noise as issues for residents, providing each report to VicRoads, the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Department of Health and Maribyrnong City Council.
Air pollution was measured at higher levels than EPA’s other fixed air monitoring stations in residential suburbs of Melbourne.
Results for PM2.5 did not breach the national daily advisory reporting standard but were slightly above the national annual advisory reporting standard.
Results for PM10 monitoring exceeded the daily standard three times in 12 months, but still met the annual goal of no more than five days exceeding the daily PM10 standard.
Levels of nitrogen dioxide and benzo(a)pyrene were below the ambient air quality objectives or standards.
Noise monitoring was also undertaken at three sites in Francis Street in fortnightly blocks throughout the year. Based on the World Health Organisation Guidelines for community noise, road traffic noise levels measured in Francis Street are high enough to cause annoyance and disturb speech and sleep.
Community concern is a driver for us, as it is in our work in other priority areas – Brooklyn, Dandenong South and Sunshine West.
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