The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is often contacted by citizens regarding the quality of the air in their community. To help address many of these concerns, DEC is initiating a new community-based program, the Community Air Screen (CAS). This program uses local volunteers to gather air samples for laboratory screening to identify possible air pollutants. The screening results will help both the community and DEC better understand and address specific local concerns about air quality.
DEC invites you to apply to our Community Air Screen program. The application is available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html. The submission deadline is midnight May 24, 2012. All applicants will be notified of their status in the program by June 25, 2012. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html.
Participation in Community Air Screen is easy. The application is simple, and the sampling process is short – it involves opening and closing a valve. The information gathered will help all of us learn more about air quality in your community. The process involves using sampling and analysis methods approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
DEC provides the air sampling equipment and the training to use the equipment. We then work with you to determine the best location and time period for sampling. All air sampling equipment will be returned to our offices in Albany where analysis and interpretation of the results will be performed.
If you have any questions, please email me at CAS@gw.dec.state.ny.us or by phone at (518) 402-8044. To receive future program announcements, please send your email information to the program email at CAS@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Provide your name and community group name along with email contact information.
— Submission provided by Randi Walker, Research Scientist with the Division of Air Resources