About the project

Improvement of the air quality measuring system of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship

The Voivodeship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Olsztyn has started to implement project PL03 entitled "Improvement of the air quality measuring system of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship” co-financed with the funds of EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

As a result of the project, an air quality monitoring system compliant with the requirements will be created, which will allow for obtaining reliable data on quality of the air in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. The term of the project’s implementation is between January 2015 and April 2016. The total cost of the project will be up to 2,890,000.00 PLN, while the funds from EEA Financial Mechanism will not exceed the total amount of 2,120,690.70 PLN.

Allocation of investments implemented as part of the project in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.

Details of the implemented actions

1Purchase of a UPLC liquid chromatograph with equipment
The Voivodship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection assesses the levels of substances in the air on the basis of measurements or other methods of assessment. The Regulation of the Minister of Environment of the 13th of September 201 on assessment of substance levels in the air (Journal of Laws of 2012, item 1032) is of key importance as its Annex 6 contains reference methodology and requirements concerning measurements and other methods of assessment. According to the regulation, for benzo(a)pyrene, the reference methodology is included in PN-EN 15549 - Air quality – Standard methods of determination of benzo(a)pyrene in the atmospheric air. The method involves collecting BaP samples from PM10 particles for 24 hours, extracting the samples and analysing them with the use of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with a fluorescent detector (FLD) or with the use of gas chromatography with a mass spectrometry detector. In accordance with § 9 of the regulation concerning determination of the content of benzo(a)pyrene in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons present in the air, apart from measurements of benzo(a)pyrene in particulate matter PM 10, the content of benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(j)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene and dibenzo(a,h)anthene should be assessed at a single point of measurement in the urban landscape of the Voivodeship.
2Creation of a station for storing, conditioning and weighing filters
In accordance with PN-EN 12341:2014-07 (which replaced the PN-EN 12341:2006 standard) - Atmospheric Air - Standard gravimetric measuring method for determination of mass concentrations of PM10 or PM2.5 fractions in a particulate matter , the filters should be conditioned, weighted and stored before and after exposure in a weighting room in which there are:
1. temperature between 19 to 21 C degrees (average hourly measurement)
2. relative humidity from 45% to 50% RH (average hourly measurement) As part of the project, such a station will be created in the seat of the VIEP.
3Purchase of a car with additional equipment
Purchase of a car adjusted for providing comprehensive services to air quality measuring stations, guaranteeing stable conditions of transporting samples in a form of filters sprayed in controlled conditions. The car will be characterised by:
1. boot space allowing for transportation of goods of non-standard parameters (dust samplers, gas contamination analysers, benchmarks)
2. special structure for transportation of gas cylinders
3. a compartment for filters with the particulate matter protecting them from vibrations, resulting in spreading of the matter. The compartments allows for maintenance of a constant temperature and humidity
4. a handle for transportation of a ladder allowing for work at heights of up to 10 meters to be conducted
4Purchase of air contamination automatic analysers together with consumables and additional equipment
As part of the project, the air-monitoring stations will be equipped with:
1. analysers using the standard UV fluorescent method for measuring the content of SO2 in the air, in accordance with the PN-EN 14212 standard – 4 units.
2. analysers using the standard method of chemiluminescence for measuring the concentrations of nitrogen monoxide and dioxide in accordance with the PN-EN 14211 standard – 3 units.
3. analysers using the standard method of non-dispersive infrared spectroscopy for measuring the concentrations of carbon monoxide in accordance with the PN-EN 14626 standard – 4 units.
4. analysers using the standard UV photometry method for measuring the content of ozone in accordance with the PN-EN 14625 standard – 4 units.
5. a BTX analyser for measuring the content of benzene, xylene, toluene and ethylbenzene in accordance with the PN-EN 14662 standard – 1 unit.
6. analysers using the oscillation microbalance or beta radiation obscuration methods for measuring the content of particulate matter PM10 – 5 units.
7. modules for meteorological conditions measurements – 2 units.
5Creation of a system for collecting air quality monitoring data, their processing, submitting and uploading to a website
As part of the project, the air-monitoring stations will be equipped with:
1. computers for collection and transmission of measurement data together with software– 5 units.
2. systems for informing about incorrect operation of analysers
3. a server localised in the seat of VIEP (for data collecting, verifying, uploading and transmitting from the stations to, for example, the Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection)
4. database server software
6Informational and advertising campaign concerning the project and the project management costs
As part of the project, promotional materials will be prepared in order to inform the citizens and institutions about its aim, that is provision of high-quality and complete air monitoring data through a purchase of measuring equipment and adaptation of research facilities in order to fulfil applicable requirements. Seminars at the beginning and closure of the project will be also organised.
7Position creation for determination of metals in particulate matter PM 10
The material scope of the task includes the purchase of a mass spectrometer coupled with inductively coupled plasma ICP MS adapted to the simultaneous determination of several metals in particulate matter PM 10, the purchase of computer equipment required to operate the instrument, specialized furniture and adaptation of laboratory premises to suit the operations to be carried out.
8The purchase of a container with the equipment
The purchased container will be suitable to operate automated analyzers for measurement of the air pollution i.e. having properly adjusted air conditioning and heating as well as the equipment enabling safe installation of the analyzers.