U.S. EPA this week awarded $314,375 to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to support air monitoring programs. Among other activities, the grant will help DEQ operate two air monitoring stations under the National Air Toxics Trends Station program. This program, which is comprised of 27 monitoring stations nationwide, tracks long-term trends in ambient levels of some of the 187 CAA-regulated air pollutants to help measure progress toward reducing emissions and health risks.
“EPA’s grant will support our ability to make science-based decisions, which is the cornerstone of our work and critical for advancing healthy communities and economic progress in Oregon,” said Oregon DEQ Director Richard Whitman. “Our progress is most effectively achieved with support from our federal partners and work with local communities to meet regulatory standards.”