Trafal­gar fire data re­leased

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT [email protected]

A third round of EPA air test­ing near the on­go­ing fire along­side Trafal­gar Road did not show “el­e­vated con­cen­tra­tions of chem­i­cals of con­cern in the com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment re­leased by the EPA and pro­vided by the city of Bella Vista, the EPA, at the re­quest of the Arkansas De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity, col­lected 24-hour air sam­ples from three lo­ca­tions around and on the prop­erty on Dec. 10, 11 and 12.

The agency tested for volatile or­ganic com­pounds, or VOCs, that could be re­lated to a land­fill con­tain­ing house­hold waste, con­struc­tion de­bris or tires in ad­di­tion to test­ing for par­tic­u­late mat­ter.

While Ben­zene was de­tected, the re­port in­di­cates it was only in un­usu­ally high con­cen­tra­tions at the stump dump site it­self.

Ben­zene was mea­sured at the burn site at 0.022 parts per mil­lion, which is above the ex­po­sure screen­ing level of 0.01 ppm and be­low the two-week to seven-year ex­po­sure screen­ing level of 0.03 ppm.

Higher lev­els can be danger­ous, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, with 5-10 min­utes at 10,000-20,000 ppm be­ing deadly and lower lev­els around 700-3,000 ppm caus­ing

drowsi­ness, dizzi­ness, con­fu­sion, tremors and un­con­scious­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the air qual­ity in­dex level at Mary Ann Lane was mod­er­ate on Dec. 10, sug­gest­ing un­usu­ally sen­si­tive peo­ple should re­duce their ex­er­tion. On the same day, Suther­land Lane and the burn site were given a qual­ity in­dex of “un­healthy,” mean­ing that ev­ery­one should avoid pro­longed ex­er­tion, par­tic­u­larly peo­ple with res­pi­ra­tory or heart dis­ease, el­derly peo­ple and chil­dren.

On other days, the re­port in­di­cated that air qual­ity was in the mod­er­ate and good range at the test sites.

One lo­ca­tion, Webb Lane, failed to meet qual­ity as­sur­ance and the Dec. 10-11 re­sults from this lo­ca­tion were not used, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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