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Community Air Screening How-To Manual

Efforts to understand and improve local air quality are key components of the movement toward healthy and sustainable communities. Unfortunately, many communities are finding it difficult to address their air quality concerns because the information, tools and technical expertise needed to make sense of environmental data are not usually available at the local level. The Community Air Screening How To Manual will make air quality assessment tools more accessible to communities. The How To Manual presents and explains a step-by-step process that a community can follow to:

  • form a partnership to access technical expertise,
  • identify and inventory all local sources of air pollutants,
  • review these sources to identify the known hazards that might present a potential health risk to the community, and,
  • set priorities and develop a plan for making improvements.

This How-To Manual was written for use by a community partnership committee that includes both non-technical community residents and leaders as well as technical experts. The Manual describes a process that utilizes input from a wide variety of community stakeholders. It is organized into two parts; a general overview for all members of the partnership and a technical guide with detailed information for the experts who will be carrying out technical aspects of the screening, such as air dispersion modeling. The general overview is written without technical jargon so that it can be understood by all the participants in a community partnership. Please see Chapter One of the Manual for more detailed information on the Manual and how to use it.

How to Get a copy of the Manual:

The Community Air Screening How-To Manual is currently available free as a pdf file. Printed copies are not available at this time. There are two methods for obtaining a copy of the pdf version of the Manual. You can have a copy of a cd with the full text of the Manual mailed to you or you can view or download pdf files for the Manual from this page. Please note that the pdf files for the Manual are large and, depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the capacity of your computer, viewing or downloading the Manual may take some time.

Requesting a copy of a cd with the full text of the Manual

If you would like us to mail you a cd with the pdf file for the full Manual, please send a request via email to Cathy Fehrenbacher at fehrenbacher.cathy@epa.gov.

Viewing or Downloading the Manual from this site

The Manual can be viewed or downloaded from this site chapter by chapter or the full Manual can be viewed or downloaded as a single pdf file. The pdf file for the full Manual is quite large and viewing this file on-line may require a high speed Internet connection. Please note that although the text of the chapter by chapter and the full Manual downloads are identical, downloading the full Manual or using the cd version of the Manual available by mail will allow the reader to move between the chapters and use all of the links connecting the parts of the Manual that are included as part of the pdf file.

Downloading the full Manual (requires high speed Internet connection)

To view the full Manual on your computer click on the link below.

To download and save the pdf file for the full Manual on your computer, use your right mouse button to click on the link below and select "Save Target As" from the menu.

Full pdf file with file size listed (click here) Community Air Screening How-To Manual PDF file, 9,871KB

Viewing or Downloading the Manual chapter by chapter:

Please click on the each heading below:

Part One -Overview (what everyone needs to know)

Cover and Table of Contents PDF file, 1,094KB

Chapter 1. How to Use This Manual PDF file, 1,084KB

Chapter 2. Getting Started PDF file 2,463KB

Chapter 3. An Introduction to Risk-Base Screening PDF file, 1,131KB

Chapter 4. Building the Emission Source Inventory PDF file, 1,921KB

Chapter 5. Initial Screen PDF file 1,675KB

Chapter 6. Secondary Screen PDF file, 1,080KB

Chapter 7. Final Screen PDF file, 1,572KB

Chapter 8. Communicating the Screening Results and Developing Recommendations PDF file 1,457


Part Two -Technical Guidance (detailed guidance for technical teams)

Chapter 9. Building the Emission Source Inventory PDF file 3,409KB

Chapter 10. Initial Screen PDF file, 1,014KB

Chapter 11. Secondary Screen PDF file 1,675KB

Chapter 12. Final Screen PDF file 973KB

Glossary PDF file 590KB

Appendices PDF file 1,974KB

[PDF] PLEASE NOTE: the items mentioned at this page are in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). To view or print them you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer. The Reader can be downloaded and used with no charge; for more information at EPA about PDF files.

The methods described in the How-To Manual were first developed by the Air Committee of a community partnership in Baltimore, MD. A Case Study summarizing the work and the lessons learned by the Air Committee in Baltimore is now available.

For more information, contact:

    Cathy Fehrenbacher
    OPPT Exposure Assessment Branch
    US EPA (7406M)
    Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20460
    Telephone: (202) 564-8551
    Fax: (202) 564-8892
    email: fehrenbacher.cathy@epa.gov


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