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North Birmingham Pilot Community Air Toxics Initiative


 

The North Birmingham Pilot Community Air Toxics Initiative (BPAT) is a comprehensive effort to address air quality concerns in North Birmingham communities.  The BPAT was initiated in June 2011 as an extension of the national School Air Toxics Initiative (SAT) which focused on assessing the outdoor air near various schools.  Three schools in the North Birmingham area were included in the initial SAT study.  Data collected in the SAT suggested a need for further air sampling in order to better assess long-term pollutant concentrations in the air near the schools and in neighboring communities.  The BPAT was developed primarily to address the concerns of limited air monitoring data but has been expanded to include education and outreach to increase community awareness of various air quality issues.  The BPAT includes:

·         a one year air toxics monitoring and risk assessment study;

·         outreach initiatives and educational workshops on radon, mold, energy efficiency,  asthma management, and lead exposure;

·         a community engagement plan for increasing both awareness of environmental issues and participation of citizens in addressing environmental concerns.

On August 1, 2011, staff from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (EPA) and the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) hosted a community meeting at the Hudson K-8 Elementary School in North Birmingham.  The purpose of the meeting was to share information on the results of air monitoring conducted in North Birmingham as a part of the 2005-2006 Birmingham Air Toxics Study (BAT) and the SAT.   An overview of the BPAT Initiative was also presented.   EPA and JCDH staff addressed many questions on air quality concerns throughout the meeting, and additional questions were submitted via index cards.  The responses to those questions are posted in the resource section below.  The resource section will be updated periodically and will include a calendar of activities planned for the BPAT initiative, links to environmental health resources, and feedback to questions and concerns presented by interested parties.  Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Earl Bozeman at EPA Region 4 (404-562-8545) and Corey Masuca at JCDH (205-930-1595).

BPAT On-line Resources

1.       Responses to Questions Submitted at the August 1 Community Meeting - (pdf doc)

 

2.       School Air Toxics Initiative Final Reports for North Birmingham Schools - (http://www.epa.gov/schoolair/)

 

3.       2005-2006 Birmingham Air Toxics Study Final Report - (pdf doc)

 

4.       BPAT Environmental Information Centers - (pdf doc)

 

5.       Link to the Jefferson County, AL  Department of Health Webpage - (http://www.jcdh.org)

 

6.       Links to EPA information websites for:

 

·         Asthma - (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/)

 

·         Energy Star Program (Energy Efficiency) - (http://www.energystar.gov)

 

·         Lead - (http://www.epa.gov/lead/)

 

·         Mold - (http://www.epa.gov/mold/)

 

·         Radon - (http://www.epa.gov/radon/)

 

 

 


For information about the contents of this page please contact Mr. Earl Bozeman


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