Bucket Brigade, first "field blank" sample taken
The Delaware City air quality monitoring project is moving forward. Our Environmental Justice partners, the Delaware City Environmental Coalition, took the first "field blank" samples with the air quality monitoring buckets on November 15, 2012.
One of the difficulties identified during our attempt to take the first test sample is that some of our sample bags were damaged. Fortunately, we found had two bags in our supply that were able to hold air, and took the test sample.
The purpose of the field blank sample is to test the equipment and the sampling process, and to run the sample through analysis, to make sure that samples are collected without contamination. This is part of our quality assurance and quality control protocol that will insure that results are scientifically valid.
In addition to Bucket Brigade volunteers, DNREC community ombudsman James Brunswick and Delaware City manager Richard Cathcart participated.