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From 2012 all air quality complaints are to be reported to the EPA, however, only major incidents will be investigated.

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Air quality readings as per the National Environment Protection Messure for PM10 and PM2.5 are daily averaged (Midnight to
There is no standard shorter than this for PM's. Health problems can result as a result of this as explained in the Guide above.
Readings can be high for a good part of the day but if the 50mg/m3  Pm10, and 25mg/m3  PM2.5 average is not breached then
there would not be an exceedence of the NEPM Standard.
There is no Visible Reducing Index in Tasmania like in Victoria.

20.04.2009 -    EPA releases details of 15 New Air Monitoring Stations

Initial BLANkET cost  New monitor up and running  Dustrak Spec Sheet

09.04.2010 -   EPA network to help solve air mysteries

22.04.2010 -   EPA to investigate Gunns/Forestry plannedburn smoke.

11.06.2010 -    No action over Gunns/Forestry burns.

17.09.2912 -    Testers fabricating air quality results in another state

National Pollution Inventory (NPI)  PM10 and PM2.5 national figures.

Senate Standing Committees
Community Affairs
2013 - Inquiry into the impacts on health of air quality in Australia

Standing Council on Environment and Water
2013 - Reducing Emisssions from Wood Heaters
Comprehensive information in relation to Tasmanian air quality can be found on the EPA - Air website.

Go here to read Tasmania's Indicative Pm2.5 and PM10 Real Time Air Quality Data - updated every 10 minutes from the Base-Line Air Network for EPA Tasmania  system (BLANkET).

In the main these real-time readings cannot be used to determine if there has been an exceedance of the Ambient Air - National Environment Protection Measure. (Air NEPM) because:

The lazer particle counters do not qualify as an appropriate measuring instrument under the current Australian NEPM Standard. They do however, give us an almost real - time air quality reading whereas it can take several weeks to get a validated air quality reading from a gravimetric (weight of particles, not number of particles) style monitor.

Depending on pollution source, wind direction, and where fixed air monitors are positioned, it is possible there will be gaps in our air monitoring. Mobile monitors are being used to 'plug some of these holes'.
An interesting Guide to Estimating (outdoor) Particle Matter
Clorado DPHE
Air Quality Monitoring
Then this....
Environment Minister’s Council Abolished
Australia’s environment ministers will no longer meet as a group to tackle common environmental issues.
The COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water was abolished at the council’s meeting on 13 December 2013, the first since the federal Coalition was elected. “Too much bureaucracy and red tape has grown up around COAG,” the meeting communiqué said. COAG decided 22 standing committees “should be streamlined and refocused on COAG’s priorities over the next 12-18 months”. Of the eight new committees none will deal with environment, water or climate change issues.
Go to the former Standing Council on Environment and Water website.
Conversion factors for pressure and volume flow rate
Note:  Go here to read the full details.
In Victoria there is a Visibility Reducing Particles NEPM with a 1 hour averaging period, a 20Km objective, and a goal of 3 days a year maximum.
Go here to read the air quality index (AQI) anywhere in the world.
Go HERE to convert AQI to concentration or vice versa.
NOTE: Tasmania does not convert its AQ readings to AQI.
Cleanairtas believes, as does EPA Tasmania, that AQI readings are not the way to go and that individual pollution readings are much more meaningful for many valid reasons.
28 October 2014 - BLANkET wins Werner Strauss Clean Air Achievement Award.
Read the Vic/Tas Branch CASANZ Report here.

Dr John Innis accepts the award on behalf of the Tasmanian EPA team from Ms Polly Strauss.
Photo courtecy of CASANZ
DYLOS DC1100 Pro air quality monitor with PC interface.
Cleanairtas recommends this low cost true lazer particle counter with 2 size ranges.
This instrument can hold it's own alongside much higher priced air quality monitors.
Prices are in US dollars and it is advisable to purchase an additional serial-to-USB converter to connect it to your computer.
Hobart health risked by cruise ships?
Background Briefing's shocking report
EPA's position with regards to ships in Hobart

"Ship engine exhaust emissions in waters around Australia -an overview" by L Goldsworthy and I.E. Galbally
Mercury 11 2015 Photo.
National Clean Air Agreement - 12th December 2015
NEPMs in Tasmania
In Tasmania, NEPMs are State Policies in accordance with section 12A of the
State Policies and Projects Act 1993. They are generally not directly
enforceable and are implemented using a variety of mechanisms and
approaches depending on the particular contents of each NEPM.

Information on how each of the NEPMs is being implemented in Tasmania can
be found in
NEPC annual reports.
Are we forgetting sub10nm generated particles?
Back-pack pigeons measure air quality
This device lets you measure air quality in your own home. Book it out from the library
Under federal Liberal, the Environment Minister (Greg Hunt) had the chance, with state and territory environment ministers, to lower all our Australian air quality standards and to change PM2.5 from being just an advisory standard into a compliance standard. Disappointedly he chose not to.  This is what can happen when politicians don't listen - ABC Lateline with Emma Alberici 4/7/2016
'Powership' will investigate even though they claim,
"...The issue of smoke pollution has not come up...."
Click on the picture to read the article
July 2016 - Air quality conference in Tasmania HERE and HERE
Workshop presentations can be found HERE on the CASANZ website
Dirty ship smoke kills thousands of people every year as it blows back into populated areas
EPA awards US$4.5 Million to advance air monitoring
Air Quality: Where there is smoke there is pollution
Air Visual - Check out the real-time map of world pollution.
Scroll to a location. Enlarge and click on that location to get further details
Go HERE to convert AQI to concentration or vice versa.
NOTE: Cleanairtas believes that AQI readings are not the way to go and that individual pollution readings are much more meaningful for many valid reasons.
Companies exposed for faking air quality data
EPA Tasmania Monitors ship pollution
Redesigning ship engines to cut black smoke
It might pay you to read this if your GP has advised you to go on a cruise