Air Monitoring

What we do:

This section includes field monitoring operations, laboratory and data processing units.

The Air Monitoring Section, with ambient air quality sampling sites located throughout West Virginia, monitors air pollutants on either a continuous or periodic basis. The sampling sites are located to assess air quality levels based on population exposure, industry emissions, determine compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS),  background levels and other special purposes. Nearly all air quality monitoring equipment is located at permanent sites, in buildings or shelters designed for monitoring purposes. The air pollutants and parameters monitored are:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Air Toxic Pollutants (metals, carbonyls, VOCs)
  • Inhalable Particulate Matter (PM-10, PM2.5)
  • Speciated PM2.5
  • Meteorology
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
  • Ozone (O3) 

The monitoring network is reviewed annually and revised as necessary to accomodate changing Federal requirements. The data collected is used by the DAQ to implement programs to insure attainment of NAAQS for criteria pollutants. Air quality data collected by the air monitoring section is validated before being submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Air Quality Subsystem (AQS) national data bank in North Carolina. The data is then available for public use. The section’s data coordinator uses this data to generate summaries and reports. Additionally, during ozone season (April 1 - October 31), data is submitted several times a day to EPA's AIRNOW Ozone Mapping Project where it is available on the Internet.

Reach us at (304)-926-0475 Phone, (304)-926-0479 Fax, or Email 

2010 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design

2011 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design

2012 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design

2013 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design

2014 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design

2010 Network Assessment

Monitoring Network - CY 2011

 COUNTY

 PM10

 PM2.5

 CO

 SO2

 O3

 MET

 PM2.5
SPECIATION

 AIR
TOXICS

 Berkeley

 

 1

 

 

 1

 

 

 

 Brooke

 2

 2

 1

 3

 

 

 

 

 Cabell

 

 1

 

 1

 1

 

 

 

 Greenbrier

 

 

 

 

 1

 

 

 

 Hancock

 2

 1

 2

 6

 1

 1

 

 

 Harrison

 

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kanawha

 1

 2

 

 1

 1

 

 2

 1

 Marion

 

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Marshall

 

 1

 

 1

 

 

 

 

 Monongalia

 

 1

 

 1

 1

 

 

 1

 Ohio

 

 1

 

 

 1

 

 1

 1

 Raleigh

 

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Wood

 

 1

 

 1

 1

 

 

 

 Total Sites

 5

 14

 3

 14

 8

 1

 3

 3

Laboratory

The laboratory analyzes PM2.5 filters from numerous sampling sites across the state to determine the amount of fine particulate matter in the air. The lab provides analysis for metals in particulate matter for the National Air Toxics Trends site located in Washington, DC. The lab also analyzes metals for the WV toxics monitoring sites and other participating EPA Region 3 states and local agencies.

Reach us at (304)558-4323 Phone, (304)558-1192 Fax, or Email

  

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