About the Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) operates a network of 28 ambient air quality monitoring stations at locations across the state. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) operates an ozone monitoring station on Martha's Vineyard. By July 1 each year, MassDEP is required to submit an Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This document and its attachments are subject to a 30-day public comment period before MassDEP submits them to EPA for review and approval.
The annual network plan describes to EPA which pollutants and other parameters MassDEP measures at its various ambient air monitoring sites and why they are measured at those specific locations. It also describes changes in the network - including new and closed locations, and new and discontinued measurements at existing locations - since the last network plan, as well as proposed changes in the network over the next 18 months.
MassDEP also must conduct an assessment of the Massachusetts Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network every five years to determine whether it meets the objectives defined in EPA regulations.
This page summarizes the annual network plan and five-year network assessment. See the full network plan plus attachments, and instructions for submitting comments.
Monitoring Sites & Parameters Measured
|Adams - Mt Greylock||♦|
|Aquinnah - Wampanoag Tribal Site||♦||♦|
|Boston - Kenmore||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Boston - One City Square||♦||♦|
|Boston - Long Island||♦||♦||♦|
|Boston - Harrison Avenue||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Boston - North End||♦||♦||♦|
|Boston - Von Hillern Street||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Brockton - Buckley Playground||♦||♦||♦|
|Chelmsford - EPA NERL||♦|
|Chicopee - Westover AFB||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Fairhaven - Hastings School||♦||♦|
|Fall River - Globe Street||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Greenfield - Veterans Field||♦||♦||♦|
|Haverhill - Consentino School||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Lawrence - MassDEP Laboratory||♦|
|Lynn-Water Treatment Plant||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Milton - Blue Hill Observatory||♦||♦||♦|
|Newburyport- Plum Island||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Pittsfield - 78 Center Street||♦|
|Pittsfield - 1 South Street||♦|
|Springfield - Liberty Street||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Springfield - 1860 Main Street||♦||♦||♦|
|Truro - National Seashore||♦||♦||♦|
|Uxbridge - Blackstone Heritage||♦||♦|
|Ware - Quabbin Summit||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|Worcester - Airport||♦||♦|
|Worcester - 2 Washington Street||♦|
|Worcester - Summer Street||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
LEGEND OF PARAMETER ACRONYMS
O3 = Ozone | CO = Carbon Monoxide | SO2 = Sulfur Dioxide | NOx = Nitric Oxide, including Nitrogen Dioxide
NOy = Total Reactive Oxides of Nitrogen | Pb = Lead | Met = Meteorological Parameters
PM10 = Particulate Matter (10 microns & smaller) | PM2.5 = Fine Particles (2.5 microns & smaller)
BAM = Beta Attenuation Monitor (Continuous Fine Particles) | PAMS = Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Station
Toxics = Toxic Air Pollutants including Carbonyls (Aldehydes), Metals & Volatile Organic Compounds
BC = Black Carbon | SPEC = Speciated Fine Particles | IMPROVE = Visibility PM Speciation
Massachusetts Air Monitoring Network Map
Network Plan & Attachments
- 2014 Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan
- 2014 Attachments 1, 2 & 3: Site Descriptions, Measurements & Sampling/Analytical Methods
- Attachment 4: PM 2.5 Continuous Monitor Comparability Assessment - Springfield
- MassDEP Response to Comments on Draft 2014 Network Plan
- 2013 Annual Ambient Air Quality Network Monitoring Plan
- 2013 Attachments 1, 2 & 3: Site Descriptions, Measurements & Sampling/Analytical Methods
- 2013 Attachment 4: PM 2.5 Continuous Monitor Comparability Assessment - Springfield
- MassDEP Response to Comments on Draft 2013 Network Plan
- 2012 Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan
- 2012 Attachments: Site Descriptions, Measurements & Sampling/Analytical Methods
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 Approval of Final 2012 Network Plan & Attachments
- MassDEP Response to Comments on Draft 2012 Network Plan & Attachments
- 2010 AQ Monitoring Five-Year Assessment file size 1MB file size 10MB
- Air Quality Reports, Plans & Data
Annual reports, state implementation plans, summaries of ambient air monitoring data and long-term emissions trends.
The public comment period on MassDEP's Draft 2014 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan concluded on July 14, 2014. Fort additional information, contact:
Thomas McGrath, Chief
MassDEP Air Assessment Branch
Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station
37 Shattuck Street
Lawrence, MA 01843-1398
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