Patrick-Murray Administration Funds New Real-Time Air Quality Monitoring Station in City of Brockton
BOSTON - The Patrick-Murray Administration announced today that more than $100,000 has been allocated to fund the installation of a new fine particle air quality monitoring station in the City of Brockton. The funding will allow the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to place real-time fine particulate matter (PM2.5) monitoring equipment at a location in Buckley Playground this spring.
"It is vitally important to monitor the air we breathe to make sure that the citizens of the Commonwealth are not being exposed to unacceptable and unhealthy levels of pollution," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, during a ceremony today in Brockton City Hall. "When this station is activated, the results from this monitor will appear quickly on the MassDEP web site, giving Brockton residents greater access to air quality information in their neighborhoods."
"This announcement is a step in the right direction for city officials and residents who have long called for air quality monitoring on Brockton's south side," said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti. "Each and every resident of our city has a right to breathe clean air and to enjoy a healthy quality of life, and I have always taken my role in preserving those rights very seriously. I am proud to join Secretary Sullivan, Commissioner Kimmell, and our legislative delegation and city leaders to continue standing with city residents and moving this work forward."
The funding has been made available through the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund, which is used to support air pollution assessment and reduction efforts. It is expected that the station will be completed and tested by late April, with air quality monitoring to begin in May.
MassDEP operates a network of 27 air quality monitoring stations across the Commonwealth. This network provides the public with important information about air quality and helps the state's environmental agencies evaluate how well air pollution reduction programs are working.
"I am pleased that this funding allows us to put a real-time fine particle monitor in Brockton, giving citizens more timely information about the air quality in their city," said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. "Fine particles pose a serious health threat because they can penetrate deep into the lungs. By placing these results on our web site every hour, residents can get health alerts and find out what actions they can take to reduce their exposure."
"I would like to thank Secretary Sullivan, Commissioner Kimmell and the Patrick-Murray Administration for authorizing this air quality monitoring in response to the concerns of residents in this area of Brockton," said State Representative Michael D. Brady.
"This is great news for all who reside in our great City of Champions," said State Representative Christine E. Canavan. "Thank you to Secretary Sullivan, Commissioner Kimmell and the Patrick-Murray Administration for making this air monitor possible."
"This is a great tool for us to be able to have accurate information about the air quality in Brockton," said State Representative Claire D. Cronin. "It will allow us to make decisions that are based on data, rather than surmise and conjecture."
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations mandate that states monitor air quality and establish criteria for the placement of air quality monitors. MassDEP submits the air quality test results to EPA each year.
For more information on the air quality monitoring network that is operated by MassDEP, turn here: Daily Air Quality Forecast - MassAir Online
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.