DEC to sample the air in Seneca Falls

Air samples will be tested for toxins at four locations in the town where children gather.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday approved the application of the Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee for the community air sampling program.

First a schedule must be determined with dates to do the air sampling collections. The DEC will provide four pieces of testing equipment to collect the samples, and then the analysis will be done by the state DEC Division of Air Resources.

Action committee members will be taught how to use the equipment, and users will have to sign a participant agreement form.

Doug Avery, president of the action committee, said the sampling is not designed to capture toxins that may come from Seneca Meadows Landfill, including methane.

“But it will give us a baseline or some idea of what pollutants are in the air near where children are,” Avery said.

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