TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 2013 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan for 2013 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Per a letter from EPA dated Nov. 22, the agency approved the Department’s plan, which includes 206 air monitors placed strategically throughout the state, covering 91 percent of Floridians. Florida, the fourth-most populous state, has the highest percentage population coverage of any Southeastern state and second-highest among the six most populated states.
By July 1 each year, the Department is required to submit its annual air quality monitoring plan to EPA, the purpose of which is to prove that federal regulations are being met. The annual network plan describes to federal regulators which pollutants and other parameters the Department measures at its air monitoring sites and why they are measured at those locations. Throughout the state, the Department has six regional offices and Tallahassee headquarters that monitors the state, in conjunction with local government air programs.
The Department’s network adheres to federal regulations by monitoring for ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead. The Department uses these monitors to ensure compliance with federal air quality standards and state rules. Data is collected and can be accessed through the Department’s Spacial Air Quality System.