09/28/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2020 16:54
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Utah Division of Air Quality among 11 Community-Scale Air Toxics Monitoring grant awardees nationwide
SALT LAKE CITY (September 28, 2020) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) as a recipient of a $328,459 Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring grant to conduct outdoor air quality monitoring and a health risk assessment of ethylene oxide emissions from major commercial sterilizers in Utah.
UDAQ is among 11 projects receiving a total of $5 million in funding under the Agency's Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring grant program. These grants will help monitor and provide important information to communities on air toxics, including ethylene oxide, chloroprene, benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and toxic metals.
'The Trump administration has prioritized community partnerships to cut harmful air pollution, and today's announcement helps states, local, and tribal air agencies do just that,' said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. 'Collecting this information will help our local partners better understand the nature of air hazards and how best to take action against them. These grants are also a part of EPA's promise to protect human health and the environment of all Americans, no matter their zip code.'
'EPA continues to support Utah as they develop data and programs that secure clean air in communities across the state,' said EPA Regional Administrator Greg Sopkin. 'This project will significantly enhance our efforts to assess and evaluate ethylene oxide emissions from commercial sterilizers.'
The 11 state and local agencies selected to receive grants will conduct projects in these categories:
Working with state, local and tribal air agencies on issues related to air quality, strengthens our collective scientific knowledge and skills and helps EPA and our partners meet the needs of the American public.
EPA anticipates providing selected agencies funding for their work in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. The selected grant recipients and anticipated award amounts are:
As EPA pursues its mission to protect human health and the environment, the agency periodically awards grants to help state, local and tribal air agencies conduct air quality monitoring projects to address localized air toxics issues. Air toxics, also known as hazardous air pollutants, are linked to cancer or other serious health effects. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA currently regulates 187 listed air toxic pollutants.
Funding for the grants comes from State and Tribal Assistance (STAG) funding. EPA announced the grants competition February 13, 2020. The Agency held two information sessions in February for agencies considering applying for the grants and extended the application deadline to May 1, 2020 because of the impacts of the COVID-19 response.
To learn more about the Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring grants, visit https://www.epa.gov/amtic/community-scale-air-toxics-ambient-monitoring-csatam