Monitoring the environment

Air quality during the Hazelwood fire


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Particles (PM2.5 and PM10)

Particle levels during the fire are shown in summary form in the graphs below.

PM2.5 levels at Morwell South and Morwell East EPA monitoring stations.



PM10 levels at Traralgon EPA monitoring stations (PM10 was not measured at Morwell early in the fire).



Carbon monoxide (CO)

Summary results from the CO monitoring are below.

Carbon monoxide levels at Morwell South, Morwell East and Traralgon EPA monitoring stations.



Visibility reduction (index)

Summary results from the visibility reduction monitoring are given below.

Visibility reduction index values at Morwell South, Morwell East and Traralgon EPA monitoring stations.



Sulfur dioxide (SO2)

Summary results from the SO2 monitoring are below.

Sulfur dioxide values at Morwell South, Morwell East and Traralgon EPA monitoring stations.



Other compounds

Tables of the results received to date are given below.

Example results of elemental analysis of the smoke (two samples taken)

Contaminant Worst day (ng/m3) Annual guideline (ng/m3)
Arsenic 1.13 3
Cadmium 0.04 500
Mercury 0.16 30
Chromium 1.94 200
Lead 0.79 500

Results of volatile organics analysis of the smoke (12 samples taken)

Contaminant Peak value (ppb) Lowest value (ppb) Guideline (ppb)
Benzene 14 <1 9
Toluene 4.7 <0.5 531
1,3-Butadiene 1.1 <0.1 145

Page last updated on 11 Aug 2016