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February 16, 2014

DEC may revise air monitor policy

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Tonawanda News — “My first reaction is that we look forward to reading the reports in great detail and seeing if their plans make sense for the community we work with,” she said. “It does appear that it will be working to limit monitoring and that’s exactly what our community doesn’t want. It seems counterintuitive. Air monitoring has a really important role in making the community safe.” 

Requests for interviews with DEC officials on Friday were not immediately answered, but Martens’ statement said air monitoring policies have not been updated since 1992, while the focus of any potential policy change would give his outfit more leeway in determining criteria for the use of air monitors. 

“This policy will clarify instances when environmental monitors should be employed to monitor activities at regulated facilities, site or activities providing businesses, local governments and other regulated entities a clear framework under which environmental monitoring services will be required,” Martens said in the statement.

A DEC spokeswoman contacted Friday did not respond to a request for comments on how the new policy might specifically impact the air monitors in Western New York.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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