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For Release: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Media Advisory for Thursday, Jan. 26

DEC to Hold Queens Community Meeting on Progress of Statewide Air Monitoring Initiative

What: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, to provide an update for Queens residents. Study areas in Queens are included as one of 10 communities that are part of DEC's 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative.

Mobile air monitoring started in September 2022 in Brooklyn, Hempstead/New Cassel/Roosevelt/Uniondale/Westbury, Queens, and Syracuse communities. The initiative will help DEC identify sources of air pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions in these and the six other participating communities.

At the meeting, DEC will provide an update on the progress of data collection and share examples of how emission sources can be detected with this technology, as well as explain how DEC will analyze the data for each of the pollutants. The results of the statewide initiative will be shared once data is validated at the end of the year-long effort. DEC will also discuss a proposal to create community advisory committees in each area to facilitate ongoing engagement throughout the study period.

Visit the DEC website for more information about the year-long community air monitoring initiative.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m.

Where: Virtual Meeting - Link to join meeting via WebEx (leaves DEC website)

Meeting Number: 161 472 8134 Meeting Password: sG4Z3Dmyim4

Call In Number to join by phone only: 518-549-0500

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