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North Pole Fire Station #3 - Monitoring Data

The North Pole Fire Station #3 Monitor was originally a special purpose monitor (SPM) set up in 2012 to monitor wintertime PM2.5 levels in North Pole from October through March. In 2015, the monitor was reclassified as a state and local air monitoring station (SLAMS) and will operate year round. More information can be found in the Air Monitoring Network Plan. Levels of PM2.5 recorded at this monitor are significantly higher than at the Fairbanks State Office Building monitor. EPA used data from this monitor to determine the 2012-2014 design value for the whole nonattainment area. Click the icon in the upper right hand corner of each chart to export.

 

Note: The vertical axis of these charts extends to 200 µg/m3.


The following graphs show the 24-hour averaged PM2.5 concentrations measured at the North Pole Fire Station #3 monitor from 2012 through 2014.



2014


In 2014 the PM2.5 concentrations exceeded the 24-hour NAAQS (35 g/m3) 22 times. The site was considered a seasonal site and only operated during the winter. The 98th percentile concentration was 138.3 g/m3.



2013


The 2013 PM2.5 concentrations exceeded the 24-hour NAAQS (35 g/m3) 11 times. The site was considered a seasonal site and only operated during the winter. The 98th percentile concentration was 121.6 g/m3.



2012


The 2012 PM2.5 24-hour concentrations exceeded the 24-hour NAAQS (35 g/m3) 10 times. Monitoring did not begin until March. The 98th percentile concentration was 158.4 µg/m3.



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