EPA Awards $7.8 Million to New Jersey to Improve Air Quality
NEW YORK – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has awarded the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) $7.8 million to support the state’s air pollution control and air monitoring programs.
“Since the implementation of the Clean Air Act in 1970, air quality has drastically improved and our state partners play a key role in reducing harmful air pollutants through our joint efforts,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “EPA’s funding will support New Jersey in its efforts to meet national air quality standards and protect people’s health and the environment.”
$6,521,869 for Air Pollution Control Program Support
EPA provided NJDEP with $8 million as part of a performance partnership grant (PPG) to assist New Jersey in its efforts to implement air pollution control programs. These programs include:
Developing and implementing regulations for stationary sources of air pollution, such as factories, refineries, boilers, and power plants;
Updating regulations for mobile sources of air pollution, such as cars, commercial trucks, aircrafts, marine vessels, and heavy equipment;
Improving emissions data and modeling; and
Operating a monitoring network.
$739,057 for PM 2.5 Ambient Air Monitoring Network
This grant will help NJDEP operate and maintain an air monitoring network for very fine particulate pollution, PM 2.5, which are less than 2.5 micrometers or about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. PM 2.5 is the main cause of reduced visibility (haze) in parts of the U.S., including many national parks and wilderness areas. PM exposures can cause harmful effects on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, and bronchitis. These effects can result in emergency department visits, hospitalizations and, in some cases, premature death. Children, older adults, and those with breathing or heart problems are especially vulnerable to these effects.
EPA continues to work with states, local governments, tribes, and citizens – to further improve air quality for all Americans. EPA’s annual report titled Our Nation's Air summarizes the nation's air quality status and trends through 2018. The report includes interactive graphics that enable citizens, policymakers, and stakeholders to view and download detailed information by pollutant, geographic location, and year. Explore the report and download graphics and data here: https://gispub.epa.gov/air/trendsreport/2019/
For more information about particulate pollution and PM 2.5, visit https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution.
For more information about New Jersey’s Division of Air Quality, visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/daq/
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