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Friday, September 23, 2005

Newest EPA Release on New Orleans, "Yeah, um, we don't know."

Hey, at least give them points for finally being honest that their air sampling methods are not reliable and shouldn't be used for anything. We'll see if reporters finally note that in their stories. Here are some snippets from their latest release today on their air sampling.

"Because samples were not collected with standard monitors, the mix of particles in the screening samples cannot easily be compared to EPA's standards...."

"These data were collected using a portable, battery-powered monitor that often is used in emergency response situations, because it gives immediate readings. EPA does not use data from these types of monitors either for compliance purposes or for generating routine air quality advisories...."

"These initial results represent the beginning of extensive sampling efforts and do not represent all air conditions throughout the area. As this is a dynamic situation, general conclusions should not be made regarding air quality based on results from this snapshot of data. For sampling information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/katrina/testresults/air/dataram.html..."

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