Protecting communities in vulnerable areas
American Ecotech, an Acoem distribution partner in the United States, has been at the forefront of protecting vulnerable communities from polluted air for over two decades. It currently supplies and maintains 50 Aurora™ nephelometers for eight local, state and tribal environmental protection agencies across the West Coast of the US.
One of its customers, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, is responsible for air quality and pollution management in an area of over 2,500 km2 around the city of Seattle, WA and has been using more than a dozen Aurora™ nephelometers for 15 years. This year has seen pollution levels in cities like Seattle become extremely hazardous.
During the 2017 fire season, American Ecotech provided a number of purpose-built, mobile Ambilabs Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) across the West Coast, equipped with Aurora™ 3000 nephelometers to accurately monitor smoke and particulates in real time and help authorities manage air quality levels to keep its communities safe.
Accurate planning for pollution control
The Aurora™ range of integrating nephelometers measures the light scattering coefficient of ambient aerosol particles with high sensitivity and time resolution. Its measurement capabilities can be applied to a wide range of air pollution monitoring and climate science research, and is a vital instrument during fire seasons around the world.
“The Aurora™ nephelometer remains the most accurate, flexible and cost-effective way to monitor natural and artificial aerosols in the air, especially during emergency fire situations,” said Andy Tolley, CEO of American Ecotech.
“The data from the Aurora™ allows EPAs to inform populations of dangerous conditions and advise them on how to avoid exposure and when to remain indoors, particularly for susceptible communities so badly affected by this year’s fire season,” he added.