$53 Million Announced for Air Pollution Monitoring Across 37 States

$53 Million Announced for Air Pollution Monitoring Across 37 States

The EPA said the $53.4 million will go to 132 projects in the United States.

In early November, the EPA announced the funding of 132 projects for air pollution monitoring.

A total of $53.4 million will be distributed between these projects, which “focu[s] on communities that are underserved, historically marginalized, and overburdened by pollution,” across 37 different states, according to a news release.

The EPA estimates that each project will receive anywhere from $57,000 to $500,000. Some of the projects proposed to receive funding of $500,000 include the Coalition for Clean Air in California, Cultivando in Colorado, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians and Centro Fronterizo del Obrero (dba) La Mujer Obrera in Texas. (For a full list, see the EPA’s selected applications.)

“I’ve traveled across the country and visited communities who’ve suffered from unhealthy, polluted air for far too long. I pledged to change that by prioritizing underserved communities and ensuring they have the resources they need to confront longstanding pollution challenges,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan in the news release.

“The air monitoring projects we are announcing today, which include the first EPA grants funded by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, will ensure dozens of overburdened communities have the tools they need to better understand air quality challenges in their neighborhoods and will help protect people from the dangers posed by air pollution,” Regan continued.

The funds, stemming from the Inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan, should be awarded towards the end of the year, the EPA said.

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Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.

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