Thank you for all who donated to the community-wide effort to fund these expensive monitors that now bring us some of the first reliable PM 2.5 readings of fugitive crystalline silica dust from the edge of an industrial silica sand mine. Dr. Pierce has just recently gotten his air monitoring research published in the Journal of Environmental Health. Abstract is available now and soon the rest will be. His monitoring indicates that there are indeed issues at times with fugitive silica dust levels going well beyond the standards set by the EPA (WI still has no standards).
Promising affordable monitors for citizens should be available within a year’s time, thanks to a collaborative effort branching across many organizations and spearheaded by PublicLab.
Please feel free to contact CSP Co-coordinator Forest Jahnke (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 608-632-2183) for the PDF of the Abstract.