New Milford joins air monitoring network for power plant
New Milford and Canterbury School are partnering to purchase a machine that will help measure, monitor and record the air quality before and after a natural-gas power plant comes online, Mayor Pete Bass announced.
Bass said they decided to participate because he heard concerns from several residents about what the Cricket Valley Energy Plant being built in Dover Plains, N.Y. would do to the area’s air quality.
This machine is part of a larger network of monitoring led by the Western CT Clean Air Action, which oversees the main monitor at Kent School. The plan is to have satellite monitors around the area so they can track the air quality at different elevations and climates.
Sherman, Cornwall, Washington and High Watch Recovery Center in Kent will also have satellite monitors.
The AQM65 at Kent School measures ozone, and nitrogen dioxide, as well as fine particulate matter which is dangerous to people’s health. It also gathers meteorological data to correlate changes in air quality with weather conditions. The smaller AQY1 units located in surrounding towns will track the same three pollutants but not the meteorological components. Data from all the stations will be compiled, analyzed, archived and shared with the public as well as with the DEEP and others, the WCCA has said.