A large area survey undertaken in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence was published this week in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This work was a collaboration between Entanglement Technologies, Texas A&M University and North Carolina State University. AROMA-VOC was used to monitor air toxics in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. An AROMA-VOC measured benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene(s) (BTEX) along eastern North Carolina roadways during three sampling campaigns (0-8 months post-hurricane; 2018 September, 2019 January, and 2019 May) to study the spatial and temporal impacts of the hurricane on air toxics. The work found that benzene and PM2.5 routinely exceeded ambient air criteria and that these pollutants may be affected by flood-related disasters.
Read more in the journal here.
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Citation: Bhandari, S.; Casillas, G.; Aly, N.A.; Zhu, R.; Newman, G.; Wright, F.A.; Miller, A.; Adler, G.; Rusyn, I.; Chiu, W.A. Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Impacts of Hurricane Florence on Criteria Air Pollutants and Air Toxics in Eastern North Carolina. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 1757. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031757