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1. You can find the index of air quality for your area in the United States, on a daily basis, by accessing the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association page at https://www.

  • 2. Environmental Protection Agency. 2013. Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Polluiton Measurement Systems. EPA, Washington DC, can be used to help establish an ambient air quality monitoring network. (See endnote 69.)
  • 3. The Centers for Disease Control has an Air Quality System Database which is very useful for the EPA, state, local and tribal agencies, and the public to have as a source of data on ambient air pollution. The United States has about 4000 monitoring stations, mostly in urban areas. The database can also be used for assessing which areas meet air quality standards, evaluating state air pollution plans, and determining trends of air pollution and health effects.
  • 4. The US EPA has an Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center as part of the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Its websites include: Air Quality Analysis; Air Quality Systems; Air Quality Monitoring; Air Toxics; Clean Air Technology Center; Fate, Exposure, and Risk Analysis; National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Air Quality Models; etc. (See endnote 42.)
  • 5. The US EPA has an excellent reference on air pollution measurements systems and ambient air quality monitoring programs. It discusses in very readable form ambient air quality monitoring networks starting with the individual air quality standard, all the necessary steps to follow, the state implementation plan and using air quality measurement on a continuous basis to determine if the standard is being met. It also discusses a series of monitoring systems which are most useful. (See endnote 43.)
  • 6. US EPA—Natural Gas STAR Program. (See Oil and Natural Gas Construction Facilities and Best Practices above) (See endnote 66)

The Natural Gas STAR Program is a voluntary working relationship between the various parts of the oil and gas industry and the United States government to encourage companies to implement technologies and practices that will reduce methane emissions and to then share the information that they accumulate concerning the process with other companies. This has led to a Global Methane Initiative and partnership which has been the basis of Natural Gas STAR International. The global program helps reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas industries throughout the world. The program provides an overview of the various issues related to the production and processing of gas, its storage, transmission, and distribution. It also provides an overview of oil production. Because it is highly education oriented, it helps the individual look at recommended technologies and practices and those that have been implemented by the industry partners. The program provides comprehensive guides for implementing methane emission reduction technologies and practices. They are called Lessons Learned Studies. The program also provides Partner Reported Opportunities Fact Sheets, technical presentations such as Technology Transfer Workshops, and the Natural Gas STAR Partner Update newsletter. The newsletter lists the various industry and governmental agencies that are involved in trying to control methane and gives the reader an opportunity to quickly access the information.

7. The European Environment Agency has provided expert guidance in developing national emission inventories for air pollutants by publishing the European Environment Agency. 2013. EMEP/EEA Air Pollutant Emission Inventory Guidebook 2013. Copenhagen, Denmark. (See endnote 70.) It provides in Part A general guidance chapters on analysis and methods used, data collection, inventory management, spatial mapping of emissions, and projections. It provides in Part B specific chapters on combustion, fugitive emissions, fuels, industrial processes and product use, mineral products, the chemical industry, metal production, other solvents and product uses, agriculture waste, other sources, and natural sources. The document is Technical Report Number 12/2013 and was published by the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen, Denmark) on August 29, 2013.

  • 8. Contact the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Radon Hotline on 1-800-7677236 for 24-hour information.
  • 9. Contact the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Lead Information Center on 1-800-424-5323 for 24-hour information.
  • 10. Contact the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Pesticide Information Center on 1-800-858-7378 for questions on pesticides.
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