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ERMELO DEAT AIR MONITORING STATION
Town/city: Ermelo
Province: Mpumalanga
GPS coordinates: S26°29,579' and E29°58,111'

The site consists of a 3 m x 2 m x 2,4 m shelter and 10 m mast on a concrete plinth with 1,8 m palisade security fencing. Apart from RM Young meteorological equipment for measurement of wind speed and direction, ambient temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation and barometric pressure, the following instruments are installed for measurement of various pollutants at the site:

  • Grimm ambient dust monitor Model 180 - measurement of PM10 and PM2,5,
  • Monitor Europe SO2 analyser Model 9850B,
  • Monitor Europe NO, NO2, NOx analyser Model 9841B,
  • Monitor Europe CO analyser Model 9830B,
  • Monitor Europe O3 analyser Model 9810B, and
  • Chromatotec BTEX analyser for measurement of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.

Wesselton in Ermelo was identified as one of the five areas in the Highveld Priority Area where ambient air quality monitoring is required. This area was selected primarily due to the fact that no air monitoring is currently undertaken in Ermelo and due to many complaints from the public of respiratory problems due to the emissions from coal transportation trucks travelling through the town. There have also been comments that pollution is transported from towns as far as Secunda when winds originate from the west. The Tusiville Clinic site in Wesselton was considered the most appropriate as it is well situated to monitor emissions and resultant pollutant concentrations from domestic fuel burning, coal transport trucks and long range transport from industrial areas to the west. The site is secure and is owned by Msukaligwa Local Municipality.
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