Air monitor at Targinnie faulty: State Govt

THE most harmful of chemicals to people, those created by burning fossil fuels such as coal, won't be picked up by the Targinnie air monitoring station for a week.

The unit stopped working properly on February 1 after extreme humidity, heat and rain, the State Government says.

The air monitors test the ambient air for up to eight chemicals, including toxic materials PM10 and PM2.5.

Both are known to be harmful to people, with PM2.5 responsible for the deaths of more than 3000 each year, more fatalities than in car accidents.

The monitoring station is expected to be fixed by February 8.

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