EPA community air monitoring leaves Twin Cities gasping for breath

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murkyairoverredwingWebinar: Thursday 9 July 2015, 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM [Note: 8 Central Time!]

Notes:

Thanks to Jim Gurley of Winona, MN, for the heads-up on this.

The MPCA is predicting CODE YELLOW bad air in the Cities and Rochester for Wednesday, July 8, 2015, through Sunday.

The MPCA has been rather unresponsive to communications during the last few days. Perhaps officials are gasping for breath?

I can’t predict the quality of the information that will be offered in this webinar, but it might be helpful to people concerned about health threats from air pollution in their communities.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to be inching towards official recognition that the traditional approach to air monitoring, focused on determining “attainment” of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), is inadequate for assessing air quality impacts at the community/neighborhood level.

The City of Minneapolis also doing an “Air Quality Study” described as “A two-year citywide study of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) at the neighborhood level.”

Links to EPA technical info here.

EPA webinar announcements below:

EPA is hosting a training webinar to share tools used to conduct citizen science projects involving Next Generation Air Monitoring (NGAM) technology and to educate interested groups and individuals on best practices for successful air monitoring projects.

Participants will learn about air quality basics, air pollution monitoring, how to start a citizen science program, citizen science study design, how to obtain funding, what to look for in a sensor, sensor applications and performance goals, how to collect useful data using sensors, data management and quality, maintaining sensors, and interpreting and communicating data. A total of six presenters will each speak for 20-minutes, with a 10-minute Q & A session after each speech.

Target Audience

Community action groups, nonprofit organizations, Tribal, regional, state and local air offices, and citizen scientists. Additional resources will be available on EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox webpage.

Agenda

9:00 am: Introduction
9:15 am: Air Quality Basics, Air Pollution Monitoring, Sensor Technology, Performance Goals
9:45 am: How to Start a Citizen Science Program/ Obtain Funding
10:15 am: Citizen Science Study Design
11:00 am: Data Measurement, Management, Quality, Uncertainty
11:30 am: Quality Assurance
12:00 pm: Short Term Measurements and Air Quality Messaging/ Regulatory Requirements for Data
If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact Amanda Kaufman (kaufman.amanda@epa.gov, 919-541-2388).

When: Thursday 9 July 2015, 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM [Note: 8 Central Time!]

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)

To access the event, please go to the following link at the time of the event and login with your username and password (if required) with which you have registered for this event:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/communityairmonitoringtraining/event/login.html

If you have not registered for this event, please go to the following link to register:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/communityairmonitoringtraining/event/event_info.html

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