The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing new and advanced air toxics monitoring technology in Louisville's Rubbertown neighborhood.
Funded via the EPA's Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE), the project aims to learn more about the technology in the hope that it can be used on widespread basis around the country. The APCD is assisting the EPA in siting and operating the various technologies being tested.
The data collected will be made available to the public.
EPA researchers will be working with the APCD and other partners -- including those from industry, the information/technology sector, and academia -- over the next two years to deploy, test, and evaluate next generation emission measurement (NGEM) systems and equipment prototypes to detect and mitigate fugitive emissions and equipment leaks. NGEM systems include a broad spectrum of air pollutant measurement approaches ranging from low cost time-integrated passive samplers to sophisticated open-path optical spectroscopic instrumentation. NGEM systems may be mobile or fixed in place, and may provide information relevant on a variety of spatial scales.
This project will collaboratively identify several emerging NGEM systems and equipment to be tested in the field with the primary goal of evaluating the effectiveness of these new technical approaches to measure fenceline emissions from fugitive sources and equipment leaks. If proven effective, the project will inform emissions inventory methodology and modeling assumptions regarding fugitive emissions. Under the current project schedule, primary project planning and preparation is anticipated for completion by summer 2017. Over approximately the next year and a half, depending on available EPA resources, a number of NGEM systems and equipment prototypes will be deployed and tested in the field.