Transfer station air quality study starts next month

Moving trash inside the transfer station.

The City of Evanston next month will start a six-month study to monitor and evaluate air quality surrounding the Advanced Disposal waste transfer station at 1711 Church St.

The study will be conducted by RHP Risk Management, LLC, and is funded by a settlement with transfer station operator Advanced Disposal. In addition to monitoring air quality, the study will include a 30-day traffic evaluation to better understand how traffic patterns may impact air quality in the area.

Community members can learn more about the study at a kickoff meeting on Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.

RHP Risk Management, aldermen Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, and Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and city staff will share information about the study, including the project timeline, sensor locations and more.

The city does not currently have localized data on air quality. This study will be the first attempt to categorize and understand air quality within a specific area of Evanston and to identify the presence and source of any potential contaminants.

More information is available online.

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