Archive for July, 2013
We are delighted to announce a strategic alliance with AirQuality Ltd and Jenny Barclay. This means that we now offer our clients a fully comprehensive range of air quality services:
- Air quality policy development
- Air pollution health impacts assessment
- Emissions inventories
- Emissions prediction and scenario modelling
- Environmental impacts assessment (enhanced)
- Ambient air quality monitoring (new)
- Dispersion modelling (new)
- Emissions control and reduction strategies
- Air quality management training and development (expanded)
Air Quality Limited (air monitoring)
Based on Auckland’s North Shore, AirQuality Ltd has five employees who specialise in ambient air quality monitoring including particulate measurement and dense network monitoring. Like Emission Impossible Ltd, all AirQuality Ltd staff are engineers and scientists.
Jenny Barclay (air modelling)
Based in Auckland, Jenny Barclay is an atmospheric scientist with 21 years’ experience in computer dispersion modelling.
[The researchers] found that for every increase of five micrograms per cubic metre of PM2.5 (fine particles that are small enough to travel in the gas exchange between the lungs), the risk of lung cancer rose by 18%. For every increase of 10 micrograms per cubic metre in PM10 pollution (breathable particles that can penetrate into deeper parts of the lung) the risk increased by 22%.
They also noted a stronger link to adenocarcinoma, one of the most common types of cancer found in the lung. It’s also the most common form of cancer found in people aged under 45 and the only one that develops in a substantial number of lung cancer sufferers who don’t smoke.
Dr Kuschel notes in the interview that New Zealand does not yet have a PM2.5 standard. More importantly, she was fabulously colour-coordinated wearing company colours.
Following a competitive tender in 2011, we were selected to assist the Bay of Plenty Regional Council with implementing the Ngāpuna Dust Reduction Operational Plan. This involved visiting and drafting individual dust management plans for over 30 industrial and commercial sites in the Ngāpuna industrial estate of Rotorua.
In most cases this was fairly straightforward, with requirements to minimise vehicle speeds and use sprinklers on unsealed areas. However, a number of sites agreed to implement more expensive measures such as sealing trafficked areas. The dust management plans were all voluntary, and the majority only draft status, so we were not certain how things would go in practice.
In May 2013, we were engaged to assist with follow-up site inspections and to finalise outstanding draft plans. Louise Wickham (Emission Impossible Ltd) accompanied Sherryn Owen (BOPRC) on over 30 site inspections and were really impressed to see how much work had been undertaken since late 2011. Where necessary, the vast majority of sites had taken measures to avoid or mitigate emissions of dust. In particular, Castlecorp deserves special mention because they had the inspired idea of converting large areas of unsealed land on their site into market gardens to provide food for the Salvation Army.
We think the key to the success of this project was the forward work undertaken by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in getting good science to underpin policy at the start. The Ngāpuna Dust Reduction Operational Plan is clear and reasonable, starting with education and moving through to enforcement. Coupled with a fair and overtly transparent approach, Council succeeded in getting nearly every site in Ngāpuna involved. This meant that everybody took ownership of sorting out their own site and created a sort of peer pressure to ensure progress.