Air Monitoring & Quality Assurance Group Information


 

Program Responsibilities

 

• Assess compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and Alaska Air Quality Standards (AAQS) by operating air quality monitoring networks around the state

• Provide technical assistance to the public, local government agencies, tribal organizations, and industries and assist in developing their monitoring plans and projects

• Issue Air Quality Advisories to inform the public of unhealthy air quality conditions caused by smoke, dust, volcanic ashfall, carbon monoxide, etc.

• Conduct emergency air quality monitoring in response to volcanic ashfall, wildfires, etc.

• Develop and maintain air quality databases to improve assessment, mapping, and reporting of environmental conditions

• Provide quality assurance and quality control oversight for statewide air quality monitoring operations

• Review Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) submitted by industrial sources;

• Assist villages with local dust monitoring projects

• Oversee the Air Quality delegated programs of the Municipality of Anchorage and the Fairbanks North Star Borough

• Participate in the nationwide Mercury Deposition Network (MDN), with sites in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, and, Nome (discontinued 9/30/2015)

Pollutants Monitored

 
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
  • Total Reactive Nitrogen (NOy)
  • Ozone (O3)
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
  • PM2.5
  • PM10
  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Radiation
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    Monitoring Instruments and Sites

     
  • Particulate Matter Monitors
  • Gaseous Pollutant Monitors
  • Mercury Deposition Monitors (discontinued 9/30/2015)
  • Radiation Monitors

  • Long Term Monitoring Sites Map
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    Air Quality Data

     

    • Near real-time data from monitoring sites around the state is available online at DEC's Air Quality Index webpage.
    *Note: Data is preliminary and subject to change after quality assurance analysis

    DEC reports most air pollutant data to an online EPA database. The public can access this database through EPA's AirData website.

    DEC does not submit data from some short term monitoring projects to EPA. This data is available in reports online or by contacting AMQA staff.

    • Submit data requests to: amqa-data-request@alaska.gov