For Commerce Metropolis and North Denver residents who need extra details about the neighborhood’s air high quality, it’s essential to share that the brand new CCND air monitoring program is now live. Residents ought to quickly expertise a big enchancment within the availability and accessibility of air-monitoring knowledge, as quite a lot of neighborhood air monitoring packages are underway.
Whereas our Commerce Metropolis Refinery at all times has been dedicated to monitoring — we monitor emissions from our operations 24/7 — it’s honest to say that the neighborhood needs extra and easy-to-find data and knowledge in regards to the air we breathe every day.
We heard you, and have taken motion. Our new CCND Air Monitoring program gives the neighborhood with entry to steady air monitoring data from eight monitoring stations (finally increasing to 10 stations) reporting in close to real-time, in addition to by way of laboratory evaluation and a cell monitoring van. This system will present measurements of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and different complete risky natural compounds, or VOCs, that the neighborhood is worried about.
Montrose Air High quality Companies, a third-party staff of environmental consultants, will deploy, preserve and function this system. Montrose, which helped construct Denver’s “Love My Air” air-monitoring program, has established a rigorous quality-assurance program to make sure the validity and high quality of the information CCND Air Monitoring will acquire.
To make sure we had particular enter from the neighborhood, we held two public conferences in Might, the place neighborhood members realized extra about air monitoring, supplied enter on the place extra air displays needs to be situated, and requested questions on this system to consultants from Suncor Vitality (U.S.A.) Inc. and Montrose. In reality, neighborhood suggestions and connections to different air-monitoring packages led to the position of three of the CCND Air Monitoring sensors at Adams Metropolis Excessive College, Central Elementary College and Rose Hill Elementary College.
I’d prefer to thank the neighborhood members who participated within the digital public conferences. And there might be extra alternatives to offer enter to this system. CCND Air Monitoring is a pilot program, and whereas we absolutely anticipate to help a long-term neighborhood air-monitoring answer, we’re utilizing this one-year analysis interval as a approach to proceed partaking with the neighborhood and to listen to your ideas.
We would like neighborhood members to have knowledge that’s native to the place they stay, work and play outdoors. Suggestions will assist make sure that these displays are in the appropriate areas. We’ll additionally use the one-year analysis interval to make sure that the know-how is conducting the data-sharing objectives. Whereas this system launch is a vital step, we intend to enhance it as we transfer ahead.
The CCND Air Monitoring program is only one of some air-monitoring packages being stood up by organizations this 12 months. We’re supportive of all air-monitoring efforts, and we stay up for working with different organizations on bettering the standard and availability of air monitoring data in 2021 and past.
We’re dedicated to evolving the CCND Air Monitoring program to satisfy the wants of the Commerce Metropolis and North Denver communities. We stay up for listening to how we will proceed to enhance and be a trusted associate offering Coloradans with the standard and reasonably priced gasoline merchandise all of us want and use.
Donald Austin, of Broomfield, is vice chairman of Suncor’s Commerce Metropolis Refinery
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