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Initial Tests Show Air Quality OK For Extension Employees


A study conducted at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport found that levels of contaminants in the air did not exceed safe levels.

A complaint about air quality was presented to the Oneida county board several weeks ago by Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster. The Extension offices are housed in the basement of the airport. An employee at the airport filed a complaint with the state about diesel fumes from planes near the terminal. A study was ordered and a demand was given to take corrective action.

In a report filed with the airport, Northstar Environmental Testing of Mosinee checked for levels of diesel fuel fumes, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. The firm reported that employees did have exposure to diesel fumes. The tests revealed the level of exposure did not go past legal or recommended limits. The report recommended some changes to lessen exposure.

A federal air quality study through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is also underway.

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