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Office of Inspector General

Report: EPA Needs to Improve Its Emergency Planning to Better Address Air Quality Concerns During Future Disasters

Report #20-P-0062, December 16, 2019

Developing EPA guidance for collecting and communicating air quality data could improve public confidence in the agency during future disaster responses.

A Spanish translation of this report will be released at a later date. Una traducción al español de este informe se publicará más adelante. 

Report Materials

Podcast overview of this report (6:52)

Báo cáo bằng tiếng việt (Vietnamese translation)

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Video: Air Monitoring in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey 

EPA OIG Multimedia, 6:02

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Report Slideshow

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  • Hartman Park Community Center playground Hartman Park Community Center playground
  • Hartman Park Community Center park Hartman Park Community Center park
  • Hartman Park Community Center children's mural Hartman Park Community Center children's mural
  • Air monitor in Houston Air monitor in Houston
  • Air monitor next to park in Houston Air monitor next to park in Houston
  • Fish advisory in Houston Fish advisory in Houston
  • Houston neighborhood Houston neighborhood
  • Industrial facility in Houston Industrial facility in Houston
  • Industrial facility in Houston 2 Industrial facility in Houston 2
  • Industrial facility in Houston 3 Industrial facility in Houston 3
  • Park with industrial facility in background in Houston Park with industrial facility in background in Houston

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