Ambient Air Monitoring
Ambient Air Monitoring by EPA TO-15
Ambient air monitoring programs are initiated to monitor exposure of a community to chemicals released as a result of:
- Nearby industrial processes
- Remediation activities
- Natural or man-made environmental disasters.
Eurofins Air Toxics can provide sampling and analysis methods suitable for a range ambient air programs. Specific to petroleum refineries, Eurofins Air Toxics can provide benzene fenceline measurements using EPA 325 or a list of nearly 170 calibrated VOCs from Ethylene to Undecane using EPA TO-15.
Examples of remediation projects include the clean-up of former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites in which perimeter air monitoring is required to measure chemicals released during soil of excavation and removal. In addition to the conventional TO-15 method used to monitor BTEX, Eurofins Air Toxics can support ambient monitoring using passive sorbent samplers and EPA 325.
Natural or man-made environmental disasters such as forest fires, train derailments or oil spills may require emergency response to assess chemical exposures to nearby communities or clean-up crews. Eurofins Air Toxics can effectively respond to these emergency ambient monitoring situations with a ready supply of sampling media, highly technical staff to quickly identify the most suitable sampling and analytical methods and the capacity to quickly analyze and report unplanned samples, allowing for quick decisions regarding health and potential chemical exposure at the site.