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Rescind Air Quality Health Alert: Wedgewood Community Center

By DOH-Escambia

August 05, 2014

Effective immediately, in response to air quality monitoring performed by Escambia County, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is rescinding the health alert that was issued on July 22, 2014 for the area surrounding the Wedgewood Community Center and the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Landfill in Escambia County, Florida.

• Since July 22, 2014, daily air quality monitoring has been performed by Escambia County at multiple locations surrounding the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Landfill located at 6990 Rolling Hills Road, Pensacola.

• Since the air quality health alert was issued, all air samples taken at these monitoring sites have measured hydrogen sulfide gas concentrations that are below the minimum level of concern for long term exposure to humans.

• Inspections conducted by Escambia County and information from the operators of the landfill have indicated that the operators at the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Landfill have taken actions that have assisted in the prevention of further excessive hydrogen sulfide gas emission.

• The health department notes that the odor of hydrogen sulfide gas that can be detected by most people is below the minimum level of concern for long term exposure to humans.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will continue to monitor for health risks in the area surrounding the Wedgewood Community Center and the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Landfill in Escambia County, Florida. Additional recommendations or alerts may be issued if new information becomes available.

For more information, contact the FDOH-Escambia’s Environmental Health office at 850-595-6700 or visit www.EscambiaHealth.com.