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AIR TOXICS MONITORING FOR BUCKET BRIGADE
Provide data to community monitoring groups to support evaluation of the quality of monitoring efforts and techniques.
There are four major oil refineries and many large industrial facilities located along the San Francisco Bay in Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa Bucket Brigade is a citizen's air toxics monitoring group that uses home-made sampling buckets equipped with Tedlar bags to take air samples when chemical releases are suspected. EPA periodically provides stainless steel canisters for side-by side non-event related sampling with air sampling buckets. EPA then performs analysis of both samples and provides results to the Bucket Brigade for comparative studies and quality assurance checks.