Carville Barge Monitoring Project

This study investigated the impact of barge traffic on air quality on the Baton Rouge region. The Carville air monitoring site was tapped to ascertain whether or not its readings indicated that barges were impacting volatile organic compounds there. The Carville air monitor automatically took an emissions sample when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) reached a pre-determined level (400 ppbC VOC). If an emissions trigger above 400 ppbC was recorded, AWO designated barge industry representatives were alerted, who would use Automatic Identification System (AIS)-based software to identify the tank barges operating in the monitored area at the time of the trigger. Then, an AWO-designated industry representative would contact the owner of each barge operating in the area at the time of the trigger and request: (1) the barge name; (2) whether the barge was empty or loaded; and, (3) the current or (if empty) previous cargo that the barge was or had been carrying. The main goal of the study was to scientifically determine whether or not marine traffic was present in the region when the Carville monitor was set off, and if emissions from any of the ships present could have contributed to the triggering of the monitor.


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  • Accession Number: 01151302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2010 10:25AM