2010 April 21: AK Anchorage: Dept. of Health and Human Services: launch of “Real Time” Air quality information web for municipality, state


2010 April 21: AK Anchorage: Dept. of Health and Human Services: launch of "Real Time" Air quality information web for municipality, state


For Immediate Release: April 21, 2010

Municipality of Anchorage and

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Launch

“Real Time” Air Quality Information Web

“Alaska Air Monitoring Network”

on air pollution levels in the Municipality, State

Residents of Anchorage, Mat Su Valley

levels on the world-wide web. The Municipal Department of Health Hum

worked together with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to create the new

Alaska Air Monitoring Network


Anchorage, two in Mat Su and one in

include stations in Kenai and Fairbanks. A link to the web site can be found at

or the DEC Air Quality web page http://dec.alaska.gov/air/index.htm

Diane Ingle, Director of DHHS, noted that the

during periods when smoke from wild fires, dust from wind storms, and volcanic

quality. “Residents will now be able to get information that is essentially real time about current air

pollution levels where they live and work”. Ingle continued “we’re glad that the State DEC has joined us

in providing this service to Alaskans, we know that this information will be especially useful to those who

suffer from respiratory conditions that are adversely affected by poor air quality”.

DEC’s Air Quality Acting Director Alice Edwards

information about air quality and the health of Alaskans.

different locations will allow those with asthma and other lung conditions

themselves from pollution. They can stay inside or

Air pollutants measured by stations in the

(PM-2.5) like wildfire smoke, coarse particulate matter (PM

(CO) and ozone. The web site also provides hourly updates of the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI

was developed by the EPA as a means to evaluate the health implications of the various air pollutant

levels being measured. DHHS will continue to provide updates and forecasts of the AQI for the

Anchorage area at 343-4899.

Funds for this project were provided through an EPA gr

this website, please call MOA DHHS Air Quality at (907)

Alaska Department of

Environmental Conservation

Contact: Steve Morris, MOA DHHS (907)343

Weld Royal, Alaska DEC (907)465



web site provides current information

and Juneau can now find information on current air pollution

Human Services (DHHS) has

site which relays air quality data from three stations located in

Juneau. DEC would like to expand the system in the future to




Alaska Air Monitoring Network

website will be most useful

eruptions affect air

ce said there’s an important link between timely

“Having real-time access to air quality data from

to take action to protect

hemselves avoid areas when air quality is degraded.

Alaska Air Monitoring Network

include fine particulate matter

PM-10) such as dust or ash, carbon monoxide

A grant to the Municipality. For more information on








an degraded.”


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