NEW ORLEANS – The US Environmental Protection Agency is taking air samples along the Louisiana coast to monitor any changes in particulate matter coming from the controlled burn of the oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon well flow. Plaquemines Parish is the focus of the monitoring.
According to the EPA, as of April 29, no smoke or particulate from the fire were reaching shore.
On April 28, the EPA dispatched its air monitoring aircraft to assist in air sampling and also to photo document any environmental incidents. The Airborne Spectral Photometric Environment Collection Technology aircraft can detect and quantify concentrations of specific chemicals in air.