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Bureau of Air Monitoring (BAM)

The Bureau of Air Monitoring is responsible for coordinating the statewide ambient air quality monitoring program and ensures that state, county, and city programs operating ambient air monitors in the state meet the federal criteria for air monitoring network design, instrument siting and operation, and quality assurance. These are critical elements in the determination of compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The Bureau handles all operations related to network operations, quality assurance, data acquisition, management, storing, and reporting of data and conducts tasks related to maintenance, operations, troubleshooting, and repair of equipment necessary for air quality monitoring.

The Bureau is specifically responsible for the following functions:

  • Management of statewide ambient air monitoring operations
  • Management of data quality and validation functions for submittal to U.S.EPA
  • Performance of statewide quality assurance audit activities
  • Calibration, installation, and purchase of ambient air monitoring equipment
  • Performance of service and repair functions for ambient air monitors
  • Performance of special projects related to air toxics

The Bureau ensures that the ambient air quality data collected are properly compiled, verified, entered into the state's air quality database, and then submitted to the EPA for inclusion in its Air Quality System where it is available for use nationally. Various reports regarding air monitoring activities, quality assurance audit results, monitoring site and criteria pollutant reviews, special studies, and data summations are published. A calibration Standards Laboratory is maintained to support the statewide auditing and monitoring programs.

The Bureau provides a quality assurance oversight for all of the ambient air quality monitoring conducted throughout the state. Auditors visit each monitoring site annually to assess the accuracy of the data being produced. The auditors perform triennial management systems audits of each of the state's and local agency's monitoring programs to evaluate the general condition of the quality assurance functions.

The Bureau further supports the state-operated air quality monitoring network with calibration, maintenance, and repair of all the equipment used in that network which currently consists of 42 monitoring sites supporting 77 monitors located statewide. Local air programs operate an additional 62 sites with 132 monitors.

The Bureau performs air monitoring sampling in urban and rural areas, analysis and interpretation of air quality modeling data, and coordination and outreach with the public, regulated facilities, and other government agencies on matters related to air quality monitoring, air toxics and health risks associated with exposure to such compounds. The staff keeps abreast of regulations developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the reduction and prevention of toxic air pollutant emissions and assists other air program staff throughout the state with interpretation and implementation of those requirements. Staff also reviews air toxics monitoring, emissions inventory, and risk assessment studies conducted by the EPA and others to support strategic planning and public education activities related to air quality monitoring concerns.

Last updated: September 11, 2013

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