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Community Air Screen Program

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What is the Community Air Screen program?

This community-based program works with volunteers from local communities to screen for toxic air pollutants. The goal of the Community Air Screen program is for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples to address some local air quality concerns.

What's New?

DEC releases the first three Community Air Screen sampling results!

What's in the Report?

The report details how the air samples are collected and the methods used to evaluate the sampling results. Technical appendices are included to provide additional information on controlling air pollution sources as well as the uses, sources, and potential exposure to air toxics measured in the CAS program. To learn more, read the reports and technical appendices.

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Of the 18 applications received, the following 11 applications were selected:


  • Edward Sokol from Cohoes
  • Historic Coeymans Landing Neighborhood Association

Clinton: Cindy Doyle from Keeseville

Kings: El Puente Green Light District from Brooklyn

Montgomery: John Valentine with Mohawk Valley Keeper & Otsego 2000

Onondaga: Jaime Mirowsky with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Seneca: Janet LaValley with the Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee


  • Chris Ciervo with the Brookhaven Village Association
  • Jared Hershkowitz from Dix Hills

Tioga: Gerri Wiley with Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga (RAFT)

Westchester: Courtney Williams with the Peekskill Conservation Advisory Council and partnering community groups Safe Energy Rights Group and Peekskill Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

DEC staff and a teacher discuss Community Air Screen sampling

About the Previous Program

The initial program was launched in April 2012 and ended in 2014 with 22 participants across the State. Contact us to obtain more information on previous participants or to view a participant report results.

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Contact Information

Ms. Randi Walker - Program Manager
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3259
(518) 402-8402

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