At 7:28 on Friday night, the Register-Star published an update online about the quality of the air: "Officials: Air test came back with "acceptable levels." According to the report, no PCBs were found in soot samples collected at the site and "real-time air monitoring done by [EPA] for particulate and volatile compounds 'found no levels of concern.'" The article points out, however, that the results from EPA testing for PCBs has not yet been received and no testing has been done for dioxins (which is what PCBs become when burned). It concludes with comments from Ed Simonsen, a retired chemical analyst and chemistry teacher who chairs the Columbia County Environmental Management Council, and reports that Simonsen is "guardedly skeptical" about the news that the air is free of toxins.
Sam Pratt's comments on the state of things are now on his blog: "Hurry up and wait for TSI test results." See also "Releasing confusion," in which Pratt reproduces and comments on the statement released Friday by the Columbia County Emergency Management Office.