Air Quality Links on the Web
Ozone for March 12, 2008
One-hour Ozone averages for day hours of Wednesday, March 12, 2008. No Ozone Advisory was given for this day. (Editor's Note: We suspect the 3:00 PM 256 reading and the 8:00 PM 0 reading at the South Pass station are anomolies. Ozone data posted on the website is unofficial raw data which is quality checked and validated for accuracy by human review at a later date. According to WYDEQ, errors may occur in the raw data and is provided for review purposes only.)
Resources for more information
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
March 12, 2008
Here are links to resources related to air quality and ozone and other interesting related topics:
Upper Green Winter Ozone Study at the Pinedale Airport
Due to the pressing need to manage ozone air quality in the Upper Green River Basin and the limited amount of information currently available about the nature and causes of these unusual events, the WDEQ funded a comprehensive field study during the 2007 late winter - early spring season…Data from this current study will be used to develop a conceptual model of ozone formation. Data collected includes wind, temperature, relative humidity and ozone, fine particle loading, time-lapse photo documentation, surface and airborne VOC and carbonyl sampling, aircraft measurements of both spiral and horizontal traverse flight patterns.
Pinedale Airport site and information: http://tbsys.com/ugwos/index.htm
Monitoring Site Data: http://tbsys.com/ugwos/sites.htm
Air Quality Index: A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health
AirNowA cross-agency U.S. Government Web site
What does local air quality mean to you ...if you are planning outdoor activities that day? ...if you have children who play outdoors? ...if you are an older adult? ...if you have asthma? This booklet will help you understand what you can do to protect yourself from air pollution. In large cities (more than 350,000 people), state and local agencies are required to report the AQI to the public daily. When the AQI is above 100, agencies must also report which groups, such as children or people with asthma or heart disease, may be sensitive to the specific pollutant. If two or more pollutants have AQI values above 100 on a given day, agencies must report all the groups that are sensitive to those pollutants. Many smaller communities also report the AQI as a public health service.
AirNow Air Quality Index
National overview of air quality in the United States, air quality basics, resources, more.
AirNow Ozone Map across the US (current one hour and 8-hour averages)
Ozone and Particulate Matter (PM2.5) data are published as soon as practical after the end of each hour and as such are not fully validated. Maps are also archived in the same way. Therefore, data are only approved for the expressed purpose of reporting and forecasting the Air Quality. Maps are generally available after 9 a.m. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.displaymaps&Pollutant=OZONE&StateID=60&domain=super#map
EnviroFlash is a new program, sponsored by the EPA with State and local air quality agencies. EnviroFlash provides important air quality information such as forecasts and action day notifications via email or pager notification. The email includes the same local, air quality forecast information which is coordinated through the news media, like television and radio.
Wyoming Department of Health
Information on ozone and the health effects of ozone.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Monitoring Stations
Growing No Confidence chorus confronts EPA Head
Scientist Unions Pledge to Secede from Cooperative Forum, Citing Rising Distrust
March 3, 2008; Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337
In a stinging rebuke, unions representing the vast majority of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists, attorneys and other specialists have vowed to cut off future discussions with embattled Administrator Stephen Johnson, according to a letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Already in the hot seat for overruling staff advice that he was legally required to grant California’s requested waiver to regulate greenhouse gases, Johnson now faces a litany of charges that he has also been duplicitous on an array of other scientific integrity, information suppression and workplace relations issues….. (Click on link below for the rest of this story.)
Source: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Pinedale Air Quality
Air quality research and monitoring by Sublette County resident Perry Walker, who lives near Daniel. Information is specific to Sublette County and based on years of observation and data gathering on the impacts on local air quality.
Also, see the our two local newspapers on Thursday for more in-depth stories about the Ozone Advisories in Sublette County. (Local newspapers publish once a week, on Thursdays)
Pinedale Roundup, www.pinedaleroundup.com
Sublette Examiner, www.subletteexaminer.com
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