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Community Air Monitoring Argentine/Turner Kansas November 2013-July 2014 Richard Mabion, Green Czar and Sierra Club Leticia DeGaigny, Global Community.

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1 Community Air Monitoring Argentine/Turner Kansas November 2013-July 2014 Richard Mabion, Green Czar and Sierra Club Leticia DeGaigny, Global Community Monitor Kansas

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3 WHO GOT TESTED: Local residents of Argentine/Turner concerned about air quality and health WHAT GOT TESTED: Diesel Transportation health impacts WHO DID THE TESTING: Kresge Foundation Health Program: goal is to reduce health disparities by promoting conditions and environments that lead to positive health outcomes for all Americans. Global Community Monitor: non-profit environmental education organization empowers communities to monitor the air they breathe for themselves

4 Local residents trained as qualified air quality monitors November 2, 2013

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6 Why Ultra-fine particle testing for Argentine/Turner? Nearest monitor to Argentine/Turner is 2-3 miles away KDHE and EPA Fine Particulate Monitor data does not represent the ultra-fine levels Current PM 2.5 monitors indicate no real problem with particulate matter for health of Argentine/Turner residents Independent ultra-fine particle testing could reveal hidden health concerns as well as solutions.

7 Preliminary Results: of Tested Areas, of Local Air Quality: Is Serious Air quality tests in the Argentine/Turner area, for ultra-fine particles which can cause serious health impacts: Levels high enough to conclude this is an area impacted by diesel engine emissions. Levels high enough to conclude this is an area impacted by diesel engine emissions. Levels high enough to be associated with an excess risk of cardiovascular and respiratory hospitalizations on the day of exposure. Levels high enough to be associated with an excess risk of cardiovascular and respiratory hospitalizations on the day of exposure. Levels high enough to be associated with an excess risk of cardiovascular mortality (death) two and three-days after the day of exposure. Levels high enough to be associated with an excess risk of cardiovascular mortality (death) two and three-days after the day of exposure.

8 Steps Taken So Far BNSF/KDHE/EPA introduced a new cleaner railroad work engine on May 20th 2013 to further protect both workers and the community

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10 Next Steps to Cleaner Air Emergency Called Meeting July 12 th (Only Homeowner Only) Town Hall Meeting Argentine Library July 15 th (Neighborhood Leaders Can RSVP) (Neighborhood Leaders Can RSVP) Continue Community Air testing for ultra-fine hazardous particles in Argentine/Turner to compete year long project Issue a final report to the public early 2015 Request KDHE and EPA monitor ultra-fine particles on a regular basis and share the data in an open and transparent manner

11 Everyone should have a goal of: Cleaner & Healthier Air

12 To RSVP or Get More Information Contact: Leticia DeGaigny


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