LAUNCHING THE MARIE HARRISON BAYVIEW AIR MONITORING NETWORK

MHBAM IN BVHP…Detect…Protect…Prevent!

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Marie Harrison Bayview Air Monitoring Steering Committee Chair Dalila Adofo and Air Monitor Tech Tiffany Williams hoist a ladder to view the roof of St. John Missionary Baptist Church to site a Dylos particulate sensing air monitor…one of ten to be strategically sited throughout one of California’s most high risk communities.

On Saturday, October 17, 2020 the Marie Harrison Bayview Air Monitoring Steering Committee took a giant step forward in one of the highest risk communities in the State of California for air pollution, particulate emissions and toxic air contaminants.

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Marie Harrison was memorialized at St John Missionary Baptist Church on May 18, 2019. Known as the Mother of the Environmental Health & Justice Movement in Bayview Hunters Point, Marie Harrison fought — to the very last breath — for the right to “live, work, play and pray on land that is clean.”

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Harrison lost her epic battle on May 5, 2019 and succumbed in cardiopulmonary arrest to scars and inflammation in her lungs caused by chronic exposure to air pollution. She wore oxygen cannulas in the final crusades she mounted from Southeast San Francisco to the halls of City Government.

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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is known to be caused by exposure to dust and toxic air contaminants.

Harrison lost the battle but won the war in her quest to protect the air quality in Bayview Hunters Point with the siting of the first of ten Dylos PM 2.5 sensing air monitors at her home church — St John Missionary Baptist Church on Newhall.

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St John Missionary Baptist Church is the home church where Marie Harrison was memorialized and where the first of 10 community air monitors capable of detecting the smallest and most dangerous particles will be sited as a monument to her life’s work…and cause of death!
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The Dylos Air Quality Monitor is a true laser particle counter with an LCD screen that provides small particle counts with a dynamic bar graph showing actual count readings
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The Dylos Air Quality Monitor performs at a level of accuracy in detecting particles as small as 1 micron matching professional air monitors costing over twice as much.
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St. John Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1948. Pastor Mervin Redmond leads a congregation via Facebook and live streams.
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St. John Mission Baptist Church is located on Newhall Street at the intersection of 3rd and adjacent to the major throughway at Evans. It represents a northern point of entry to the Bayview Hunters Point residential neighborhoods. It’s location for a community air monitor is ideal because to the west of the church are major mobile and stationary sources of pollution including the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Facility, numerous automotive industries and Highway 280. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, documents the India Basin region immediately north of the church, to be a major hub of air pollution in a neighborhood the EPA documents generating over 20 tons of particulates each year.

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The Hunters Point hilltop facing east onto the federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the iconic Gantry Crane

Immediately east of St. John Missionary Baptist church and to the rear of the facility is nested a dense residential neighborhood leading to the base of the Hunters Point hilltop. An air monitor strategically sited to detect small particles of air pollution generated by sources to the west will protect the eastern neighborhoods and sensitive receptors located immediately south that include the Joseph P Lee playground, Historic Opera House and Mendell Plaza.

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EPA Geographic Information System (GIS) diagram of particulate matter emissions in Bayview Hunters Point. This map is juxtaposed with geospatial mapping of known stationary sources of toxins in BVHP.
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Air quality in Bayview Hunters Point has worsened as a result of the California wildfires
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An asthma attack in Bayview Hunters Point! A 70 year old professional woman and resident on the Hunters Point hilltop immediately east of St John Missionary Baptist Church was evaluated during an asthma episode. Her urinary screening detected numerous soil elements in toxic concentrations including lithium, potassium, nickel, copper, manganese, zinc and the radioactive element rubidium.
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Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai displays geospatial mapping of radioactive elements detected in residents and shipyard workers in screenings conducted by HP Biomonitoring in the September 2020 “We Can’t Breathe” campaign that was curtailed by dangerous air quality in Bayview Hunters Point during the wildfire season.
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Friends…to the very last breath!

Siting the Marie Harrison Bayview Air Monitor at St John Missionary Baptist Church

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Medical Director - Golden State MD Health & Wellness. UCSF/Stanford Author & Researcher. PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist. PoliticoMD!

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