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Ambient Air Monitoring (AAQ)

The Air Pollution Rules became law in 2015. As part of this law, certain companies (listed in Schedule 3 of the Rules) are required to register as sources of air pollution. Failure to do so may result in fines and other penalties.

At Sygma Environmental, we can monitor the ambient air quality of your operations to ensure that it meets the standards outlined in Schedule 1 of the Air Pollution Rules (APR) of 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago’s Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05.

Ambient air quality refers to the quality of the air in the outdoor environment, such as the air you encounter while walking in the park, driving on the streets, or simply enjoying the great outdoors. It’s vital for public health, environmental protection, and overall well-being.

Ambient air, spanning from the ground to high above the Earth’s surface, is a precious resource for both current and future generations. It plays a vital role by providing essential gases necessary to support life and by shielding our planet from harmful radiation. However, air pollution poses a significant threat to human health and the environment, impacting us in numerous ways.

For instance, ambient air pollution:

Exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with a range of adverse health effects, including heart attacks, asthma attacks, bronchitis, and an increase in hospital and emergency room visits. It also leads to a significant number of work and school days lost, restricted activity days, respiratory symptoms, and even premature mortality.

Ambient air pollution is a contributor to acidic deposition, commonly referred to as “acid rain.” This acid rain can harm aquatic ecosystems, damage forests, and corrode buildings and infrastructure.

Poor air quality can severely impair visibility, leading to reduced safety on roadways and negatively impacting the beauty of natural landscapes. It can also have destructive effects on crops and damage the surfaces of cherished buildings and monuments.

How Can We Help?

Our team is here to assist you in creating a tailored air monitoring program. This program not only ensures compliance with environmental regulations but also provides a comprehensive assessment of the air quality at your worksite or in your community.

As part of our monitoring efforts, we also gather essential meteorological data, including barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed, and wind direction. These factors can significantly impact air quality and must be considered when evaluating the environment.

If you need to start from the very beginning, we can walk you through the registration and permitting process to ensure compliance with the legislation.

Pollutants & Sources:

Ambient air contains numerous substances of both natural (e.g., pollen, mold spores, dust) and anthropogenic (human-caused) origin. Anthropogenic emissions are of particular interest because they can be decreased through regulatory and voluntary actions, leading to air quality improvements.

With specialized instrumentation designed to detect the lower levels of parameters in ambient air, we can monitor the following criteria pollutants:

These tiny particles (such as dust) which come from various sources, including combustion processes and industrial activities.

Sources include vehicle emissions, industrial processes, and combustion of fossil fuels.

Emitted from the burning of fossil fuels, particularly in power plants and industrial processes.

Released from natural sources, sewage, and industrial activities.

Commonly found in vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions.

While ozone high in the atmosphere is good, ground-level ozone is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight.

Let's Act Together!

Ready to create a cleaner and healthier environment?

Contact us today at 868-683-5444 (c) or 868-357-5248 (w) to discuss our comprehensive air quality monitoring services and start your journey toward a better, cleaner future. Your well-being and the health of our planet is our top priorities.