Garfield County commissioners spend $75,000 to monitor air toxins – Colorado News

Garfield County commissioners spend $75,000 to monitor air toxins – Colorado News

To better understand the source of toxins in the air known as volatile organic compounds, the Garfield County Commissioners have agreed to spend $75,000 on a study uncovering more information on VOCs, finding out where they come from and why.

Public Health officials say air monitoring data have shown significant decreases in the concentrations of VOCs in Garfield County’s air, but they don’t yet know why.

Sources of VOCs include vegetation, various aspects of oil and natural gas development and production, and traffic.

“We’ve seen decreasing averages for many of our VOCs, but we don’t necessarily understand why that is happening because we don’t have enough information on the source of VOCs,” said Morgan Hill, environmental health specialist with Garfield County Public Health. “This is something that we have recognized as the next step for our air monitoring program.”

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