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Do you notice strong odors outside your home, such as petroleum, natural gas, etc? Are you curious as to what it is you are breathing in and if there are possible health hazards? If so, the City invites you to help us take air quality samples.

The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) will provide the City with a limited number of “grab canisters” each week to be distributed to residents so they can capture their own air samples, which will then be analyzed by DEP for certain Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).

Even if you missed the training on June 10, you can still get one of these canisters. Contact the City Manager’s office at 767-7606 or email City Manager Scott Morelli at smorelli@southportland.org and we will add your name to the waiting list. We will notify you a week before your canister is scheduled to arrive and then train you how to use it (very simple!)

Please note: over 40 residents have already signed up for a canister. Since we only have 5 to distribute each week, some residents will not get a canister until mid-August. We are doing our best to distribute canisters each week so that each of the five voting districts in the City has at least one canister.

 

Permanent Air Quality Testing Fixtures
Beyond this, Maine DEP will be working with the City of South Portland to install six permanent testing fixtures around the City to help monitor air quality.  The first two have been installed (as of July 1, 2019) - located at the Assessor's Office at City Hall, and at the South Portland High School. DEP crews will be installing four more permanent stations (one in each voting district) in the next few weeks.

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RESOURCES

Press Release: South Portland Partners with Maine DEP for Air Quality Monitoring (May 30, 2019) 
Press Release: Two South Portland Facilities Cited for Separate Violations (Spague and Global) (June 7, 2019)
City's Response re: Global Partners Consent Decree Public Comment
60-day extension granted for public comment regarding EPA v. Global Partners Consent Decree