epa air quality News

  • EPA strengthens air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a new national air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). This new one-hour standard will protect millions of Americans from peak short-term exposures, which primarily occur near major roads. Short-term exposures to NO2 have been linked to impaired lung function and increased respiratory infections, especially in people with asthma. ...

  • EPA, Albuquerque Work to Improve Air Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $151,996 to the city of Albuquerque to monitor fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5. These are particles found in smoke and haze that measure 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. The particles come from a variety of sources, and can have serious effects on the heart and lungs if they are inhaled. The grant will help the city conduct ambient ...

  • EPA Announces Air Quality Awareness Week

    Cochrane & Associates has dedicated its services to companies that work to help create healthy environments and clean indoor air quality (IAQ). Just yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a news release about Air Quality Awareness Week.  The EPA release states the following: EPA, state and local air agencies across the country are marking Air Quality Awareness Week by ...

  • EPA and LDEQ Raise Awareness of Importance of Air Quality

    Today, representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) came together to raise awareness of the importance of air quality for people’s health. EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry and LDEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch spoke about ozone and its effects on air quality and people’s health as part of Air ...

  • EPA, schools to tackle indoor air quality (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding its 11th Annual Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools National Symposium in Washington, D.C. on January 13-15, 2011. The meeting is bringing together school board officials, administrators, health association members, school nurses, teachers, parents, and others to take charge in protecting the indoor air environments of children in ...

  • EPA awards $25 million to improve air quality

    Over the course of five years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $25 million to the Health Effects Institute (HEI) to help address the latest challenges to improving air quality and protecting health. With the funding, HEI will develop the next generation of tools and scientific information to examine the combined effects of air pollution exposures on people’s ...

  • Maricopa County Air Quality Department Recipient of U.S. EPA Air Award

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Award was given yesterday to Maricopa County’s Air Quality Department for the development of its Rapid Response Notification System, which provides real-time air quality updates to residents on elevated levels of air pollution. The department retrofitted 13 air monitoring systems with Rapid Response ...

  • EPA proposes stronger air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide

    For the first time in more than 35 years, EPA has proposed to strengthen the nation’s nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air quality standard that protects public health. The proposed changes reflect the latest science on the health effects of exposure to NO2, which is formed by emissions from cars, trucks, buses, power plants, and industrial facilities and can lead to respiratory disease. “We’re updating ...

  • Schools with proactive indoor air quality programs awarded EPA recognition

    LA Testing encourages school districts to learn more about IAQ to prevent mold and other IAQ problems from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a National Great Start Award for U.S. schools and school districts that are in the initial stages of implementing the indoor air quality (IAQ) TfS Program. The EPA developed the program in 1995 and recently re-released the Indoor Air Quality ...


  • EPA to hold public hearing on air quality standards for sulfur dioxide

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on the agency’s proposal to strengthen the nation’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) standards. Exposure to SO2 can aggravate asthma, cause respiratory difficulties, and result in emergency room visits and hospitalization. People with asthma, children, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to SO2’s effects. EPA is taking ...

  • EPA approves nation’s most comprehensive tribal air quality plan (AZ)

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing approval of the Gila River Indian Community’s Tribal Implementation Plan, a blueprint of how to achieve improved air quality on the Community’s lands which will serve as a model for other tribes. The plan provides a framework for protecting air quality on the Reservation, including ordinances, a permit program, civil and ...

  • EPA monitors air quality in cleanup from Iowa floods

    The US Environmental Protection Agency is conducting air sampling for asbestos and air monitoring for particulates as Iowa communities clean up from recent floods. EPA on-scene coordinators will assess air quality by using fixed monitoring equipment situated at key points throughout the flood-damaged area. The initial locations for sampling and monitoring activities include the cities of Cedar ...

  • EPA, Shanghai AirNow international provides real-time air quality information

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai today to observe the success of AirNow International. AirNow International launched in May by EPA and the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB), gives real-time air quality information to Shanghai citizens through the Internet. "The AirNow International project is one of the ...

  • EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities

    EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. “Ports are essential to the nation’s economy and transportation infrastructure, but they also are home to some of the nation’s toughest ...

  • EPA Grant Will Help Oklahoma Monitor and Improve Air Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $646,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to monitor fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5. These are particles found in smoke and haze that measure 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. The particles come from a variety of sources, and can have serious effects on the heart and lungs if they are inhaled. The ...

  • New EPA Tool Helps Answer Air Quality Questions

    (Washington, D.C.) AirCompare, a new EPA-developed air quality tool, provides local air quality information to help people make informed decisions about moving, vacationing or living in different areas of the country. 'From people getting ready to retire to vacationers or those changing jobs, Americans are increasingly considering air quality as they make their plans,' said Bill Wehrum, EPA's ...

  • EPA Eases State Highway Project Burdens While Protecting Air Quality

    State and local governments would gain more flexibility to meet transportation conformity requirements, without reducing the program's important health and air quality benefits, under a new EPA proposal.  Proposed changes include providing state and local governments: -- more time to meet conformity requirements, -- more flexibility before the consequences of not meeting conformity ...

  • U.S. EPA co-sponsors Fresno indoor air quality, Asthma workshop

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest regional indoor air program and the University of Tulsa, in collaboration with Central Valley Children’s Services Network and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, co-sponsored three consecutive asthma training workshops in Fresno today for school district and Head Start administrators, school nurses, ...

  • EPA recognizes local leaders for improving air quality in schools (IL, WI)

    At its recent Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools symposium, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Greendale, Wis., School District and the Illinois Education Association Indoor Air Quality Task Force for efforts to improve indoor air quality in schools. They were among nine school districts and two organizations nationwide recognized for leading the way to improving conditions at ...

  • EPA sets public hearing dates on air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide

    EPA will hold two public hearings on the agency’s proposal to strengthen the nation’s nitrogen dioxide (NO2) standards. The proposed revisions would establish, for the first time, a one-hour NO2 standard, at a level between 80 and 100 parts per billion (ppb) and would retain the current annual standard of 53 ppb. The proposed changes reflect the latest science on the health effects of exposure to ...

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