Markey Bill provides tools to better understand local sources of air pollution and protect health

Statement from EDF from Sarah Vogel, Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities

January 14, 2022

Ben Schneider (202) 572-3279, [email protected]

Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts today introduced the “2021 Air Quality Management Technology Assessment Act” to strengthen hyperlocal air quality information.

“Hyperlocal air quality monitoring technologies are critically important to understanding the local health impacts of air pollution. We need better data on local sources of air pollution and local health outcomes, and the ability to integrate that data into decision-making.

“We thank Senator Markey and the bill’s original co-sponsors for introducing the ‘Air Quality Management Technology Assessment Act,’ which would provide the tools needed to better understand air pollution. air and protect health.

“EDF looks forward to continuing to work with Senator Markey and the bill’s co-sponsors, the EPA, and communities across the country to improve the quality and usability of fuel quality monitoring data and technologies. hyperlocal air.”

  • Sarah Vogel, Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities

The bill would require the US Environmental Protection Agency to better enable the development and understanding of hyperlocal air pollution information at the community level. Under this bill, the EPA would update the agency’s air sensor toolkit with characterizations of the benefits and limitations of community monitoring technologies such as low-cost monitors and products. satellite data, potential uses of the data and how to access data on potential air sources. pollution and health effects of air pollution. The bill would also require the EPA to better integrate environmental justice mapping tools, focus on cumulative loads, and improve the quantitative use of low-cost sensors and satellite data in decision-making. .

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