More help is on the way to the Trafalgar Road site in Bella Vista, according to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
According to the ADEQ, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is headed to the site where an underground fire on Trafalgar Road has been ongoing since the summer of 2018.
Beginning Tuesday, March 12, Louisiana’s Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAML) will be collecting 24-hour air samples.
The tests will be baseline air quality monitoring in neighborhoods that surround the site.
“The MAML’s primary advantage over previous, stationary, air-monitoring exercises is that it will record meteorological data that will be used to position and relocate the MAML in order to obtain quality readings that follow wind speed and direction,” according to the agency’s statement.
This monitoring will be done in addition to work already done in late February by the Arkansas National Guard’s 61st Civil Support Team (CST).
ADEQ Director Becky Keogh said, “We are thankful to the LDEQ for this immediate response to our asking for support on the Trafalgar Road fire. Residents of Bella Vista have asked for more extensive, 24-hour monitoring at impacted areas … we continue to listen, and this advanced technology answers that call.”
The goal of the three-day event is to gather real-time data in appropriate weather conditions. The vehicle first stopped and the Bella Vista Fire Department and met with ADEQ, according to the communications division of LDEQ.
No mention was made for the cost for MAML to assist in monitoring the air quality.
In mid-January, an initial report from ADEQ showed cost estimates of more than $20 million to clean up the Trafalgar Road.