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Two days exceeded the PM10 air quality objective in Brooklyn during September and October.
Two days exceeded the PM10 objective during September and October this year, which were the first two days to do so since April. As we approach a summer that is projected to be much hotter and drier than the long-term average, this is a timely reminder that, even though Brooklyn’s air quality has improved considerably this year, dust from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct can still be blown into neighbouring residential areas to the south by dry, northerly winds. This was best demonstrated on 6 October when PM10 levels in Brooklyn spiked during the strongest northerly winds of the year after a week without any rain.
The results for 2015 so far show there have been nearly three times fewer days exceeding the PM10 objective this year than in previous years, except for the very wet year in 2011.
Work to seal two dusty roads in the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct has been completed and this has helped drive the air quality improvements over the past six months. Despite the promising results over this period, nine days have still exceeded the PM10 air quality objective so far in 2015, which is 50 per cent more than anywhere else monitored by EPA. This shows that more actions are needed to improve Brooklyn’s air quality. With the reduction in PM10 coming from the roads, EPA officers will be better able to target businesses contributing to poor air quality through substandard onsite practices.
Page last updated on 19 May 2016