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NYS Ambient Air Monitoring Program Network Assessment (June 2015)

Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance
Division of Air Resources
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

This document was prepared as part of the requirements specified in the Monitoring Regulations 40 CFR Parts 53 and 58. As required by §58.10(d), "the State, or where applicable, local agency shall perform and submit to the EPA Regional Administrator an assessment of the air quality surveillance system every 5 years to determine, at a minimum, if the network meets the monitoring objectives defined in Appendix D to this Part, whether new sites are needed, whether existing sites are no longer needed and can be terminated, and whether new technologies are appropriate for incorporation into the ambient air monitoring network." All monitoring networks operated by the Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance, Division of Air Resources were evaluated to determine if they meet the monitoring objectives as defined by the regulations. Considerations were given to: population and geographical coverage; air quality trends; attainment classification; emissions inventory; parameters monitored; special purpose monitors; health-related and scientific research; external data users; new and proposed regulations; quality assurance; technology; personnel and training.

As a whole, New York State has one of the most comprehensive and robust ambient air monitoring programs in the nation. The state meets or exceeds current monitoring requirements in nearly all instances. There are adequate monitoring stations in populated areas, including where sensitive subgroups reside. Networks for criteria and non-criteria pollutants meet specified monitoring objectives. The toxics analytical laboratory has proven to be one of the best in the country, as demonstrated by data produced for the School Air Toxics Project and the Tonawanda Community Air Quality Study. New York is among the first to deploy new monitoring technology in the network. Staff routinely communicates findings via publication in peer reviewed scientific journals as well as presenting these data at technical conferences.

A PDF of the 2015 Network Assessment is available below.

NYS Ambient Air Monitoring Program Network Assessment (PDF) (3.5 MB, 68 pages)