In response to long-standing particulate concerns, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is establishing the City of Salmon Airshed Advisory Group and seeking citizen participation. Smoke from woodstoves combined with strong winter inversions and regional wildfire smoke in the summer have caused the area to exceed air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). “PM Advance” is a non-regulatory program aimed at reducing fine PM emissions and addressing this long concern.
Group members will work with DEQ staff and the city to provide input on air quality issues and develop and implement PM2.5 program. Advisory group members may include representatives of community groups, the public, industrial facilities, land managers, farmers, and small business interests.
For more information, or if your state is interested in establishing such a group, contact Rensay Owen.