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For Release: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Media Advisory for Wednesday, Feb. 8

DEC to Hold Rochester 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 Wednesday, Feb. 8, to provide an update for Rochester residents. Study areas in Rochester 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 Rochester and Mount Vernon/Yonkers/New Rochelle communities. This first round of meetings will help DEC gather community input to target emission sources and future strategies to reduce air pollution in these communities, including the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

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: Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m.

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

Meeting Number: 161 755 3221 Meeting Password: RochesterCAMQ1

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

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