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Monitoring dates: February 2007 to January 2008.
Air toxics monitored: Benzo(a)pyrene.
Sampling frequency: 24-hour samples once every six days.
Number of samples analysed: Benzo(a)pyrene: 60
Location: EPA Mooroolbark air monitoring station, Balcombe Avenue, Mooroolbark.
Benzo(a)pyrene was monitored in a residential area in Mooroolbark. Benzo(a)pyrene is a marker for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which are commonly associated with combustion sources.
The average concentration of benzo(a)pyrene remained below the health based monitoring investigation level, with most samples recording levels below the chemical analysis detection limit. Detectable levels of benzo(a)pyrene were measured on a number of days during colder weather. This was expected because:
Not applicable: A 24-hour investigation level is not specified for benzo(a)pyrene.
Not detected: Air toxic was below measurable levels.
ng/m3: nanograms per cubic metre (1 billionth of a gram per cubic metre)
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