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What's New
Biofuels help protect Michigan's air, land and Great Lakes
Lansing State Journal (2/8)
The Renewable Fuel Standard uses more biofuels in gasoline to drive down the cost of gas, sparks new business and jobs in Michigan and most importantly, protects our Great Lakes.

Emanuel vows crackdown on air pollution from refinery waste
Chicago Tribune (11/18)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ordering the Dept. of Public Health to adopt "strict regulations on the maintenance and storage" of petroleum coke stored in massive uncovered piles along the Calumet River in Chicago, Ill.

U.S. EPA investigating ‘petcoke’ matter
Chicago Sun-Times (11/15)
The U.S. EPA formally began an investigation into two companies operating petroleum coke storage facilities along the Calumet River, Illinois. Local residents are filing a class action lawsuit against one of the companies storing the uncovered hazardous material.

S. Side residents sue, say oil refinery waste blankets homes
Chicago Sun-Times (10/31)
Four homeowners surrounding the Calumet River in Illinois filed a class action lawsuit claiming mounting piles of petcoke is consistently blowing black dust in and around their homes.

Southeast side residents fuming over pet coke ash
WBEZ (10/25)
People living on Chicago’s far South-East Side are used to living with factories and the environmental hazards that come with them. But now some residents have a new concern: a thick black, powdery dust known as “pet coke.”

BP oil refinery waste piles up on southeast side
Chicago Tribune (10/18)
A dusty byproduct of the Canadian oil boom is piling up along the Calumet River. By the end of the year, BP is expected to complete work on new equipment that will more than triple the amount of petroleum coke produced by its refinery on Lake Michigan.

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General Resources
Air Quality Fact Sheets
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Learn about auto emissions, your yard and clean air, the reformulated gas program, acid rain and more.

Clean Air for Life
Environmental Defense
Relief from air pollution is within reach with the right tools. Learn about health effects, pollution solutions and more.

Great Waters Program
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Because of mounting evidence that air pollution significantly affects water quality, Congress included section 112(m) in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, known as the "Great Waters" program. The Great Waters program directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prevent harm from atmospheric deposition.

How good is the air in your community?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Includes real-time air pollution data, maps of ozone designation areas and places with ozone action days; how proposed new air quality standards may affect your county, and more.

State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators
These national associations represent air pollution control agencies in the 54 states and territories and over 150 major metropolitan areas across the United States.

The Plain English Guide To The Clean Air Act
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
A nice overview of the Clean Air Act.

Top Stories
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Each week U.S. EPA Region 5 Air and Radiation Division posts "Top Stories" in Air Pollution Control in the Great lakes Region.

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Agreements
Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement
Great Lakes Toxic Substances Control Agreement
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

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Databases
1999 Inventory of Toxic Air Emissions
Great Lakes Commission
The 1999 inventory, the fourth regional inventory, is an ongoing initiative of the air regulatory agencies in the eight Great Lakes states and province of Ontario.

Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory
Great Lakes Commission
The Great Lakes states are creating this regional database, which will establish a baseline using 1993 data on point and area source emissions of 49 toxic air pollutants identified as significant contributors to the contamination of the Great Lakes.

National Pollutant Release Inventory
Environment Canada
The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) provides information on the on-site releases to air, water and land, as well as transfers off-site in wastes, of 178 substances.

Southwest Lake Michigan Pilot Study
Great Lakes Commission
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, working together through the Great Lakes Commission, have completed the first multistate inventory of emissions of toxic air contaminants that are identified as being potentially harmful to the Great Lakes ecosystem or human health.

Toxic Release Inventory
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The TRI is a database that contains specific toxic chemical releases, transfers, waste management and pollution prevention activities from manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.

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Enforcement
Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5

Enforcement Links
Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials

ILLINOIS
Indiana Air Permits Branch
Indiana DEM, Office of Air Management

MICHIGAN
Compliance and Enforcement Section
Michigan DEQ, Air Quality Division

NEW YORK
Bureau of Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement
New York DEC

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Laws
Laws, Rules, and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Links to the Clean Air Act of 1990, the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Registers and State Implementation Plans.

MICHIGAN
Air Laws, Rules & Memorandums
Michigan DEQ

MINNESOTA
Rules and Regulations
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

NEW YORK
Summary of Regulations
New York State DEC

OHIO
Air Pollution Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

WISCONSIN
Air Pollution Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

PENNSYLVANIA
Air Quality Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Modeling and Planning
Green Bay Mass Balance Study
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Conducted in 1989-90 to pilot the technique of mass balance analysis in understanding the sources and effects of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes' food chain.

Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Mass balance studies are a scientific method for evaluating the sources, transport and fate of contaminants entering a water system, and the effects of those contaminants on water quality. See also Mass Balance Public Outreach, Lake Michigan Federation.

MICHIGAN
Air Quality Division Modeling and Meteorology
Michigan DEQ

NEW YORK
Air Research
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
Air Quality Modeling and Planning
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Division of Air Pollution Control

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Monitoring
Air Pollutant Evaluation Under the Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study
U.S. EPA/Lake Michigan Federation

Real-time Air Pollution Data
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ILLINOIS
Illinois Air Quality Data Acquisition Network
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

MICHIGAN
Air Monitoring Program
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality

NEW YORK
New York State Air Quality Report: Ambient Air Monitoring System
Division of Air Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

PENNSYLVANIA
Continuous Emission Monitoring
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Near Real-Time Air Monitoring
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Motor Vehicles
Motor Vehicles Links
State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators; Association of Local Air Pollution Contr

ILLINOIS
Cleaning the Air: Vehicle Emissions Testing In Illinois
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

NEW YORK
Bureau of Mobile Sources
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
Ohio ECheck
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

PENNSYLVANIA
Continuous Emission Monitoring
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Near Real-Time Air Monitoring
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Particulate Matter
Thick, black smoke belching out of the exhaust pipes of semi-trucks. White clouds puffing out of smoke of dirt picked up by the wind off a pile of dirt. These are all examples of sources of particulate matter (PM). PM are solid/liquid particles which are in the air and are usually made up of the chemicals or materials from the original source. PM impacts the environment by decreasing visibility and harming crops and plant life. Also, because PM can be very small, they are easily breathed in and trapped in the lungs, causing various health problems.

Reference: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Air and Radiation Division

Particulate Matter Links
State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators; Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials

Particulate Matter Page
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5, Air and Radiation Division
This site provides basic information on particulate matter and its impacts, opacity and particulate matter as a criteria pollutant.

Regulating Smog and Particle Air Pollution
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Describes why ozone, particulate matter, and regional haze are a concern to public health and the environment and provides information on how any revised standards will be implemented (1997).

INDIANA
OHIO
Rules of the Ohio EPA Ch. 3745-17 of the Administrative Code (pertaining to emissions of particulate matter)
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Permits
Permits regulating air emissions come in several different varieties: construction permits, operating permits, federally-enforceable state operating permits (FESOPs), small-source permits, Title V and general permits. Each permit program has its own unique purpose, however, all are implemented in a similar manner. In Region 5, the authority to issue air pollution permits has been delegated to the states. U.S. EPA works with the states to ensure that permits meet federal requirements and that permits are consistent with those in other states.

Reference: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Air and Radiation Division

Permits
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Provides an introduction to permits and the different types, who issues them and more.

Pollution Permits Links
State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators

ILLINOIS
Does My Business Need an Air Pollution Control Permit?
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

INDIANA
Permits Page
Indiana DEM

MICHIGAN
Permits
Michigan DEQ

MINNESOTA
Air Permits
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

NEW YORK
Permitting
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
Permit Information
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

PENNSYLVANIA
Permit Information
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

WISCONSIN
Air Pollution Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Publications
Deposition of Air Pollutants to the Great Waters, June 2000
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Waters Program
Provides updated scientific information on the effects of air pollutants on the Great Waters (Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, and Chesapeake Bay, and certain other coastal waters).

Illinois Atmosphere
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The atmosphere above Illinois is not only the source of the air we breathe and the water that sustains us but is also a vast chemical laboratory in which polluting "acid rain" and ozone are manufactured and protective ozone in upper layers is chemically dismantled. From The Changing Illinois Environment: Critical Trends, 1994.

Southwest Lake Michigan Pilot Study
Great Lakes Commission
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, working together through the Great Lakes Commission, have completed the first multistate inventory of emissions of toxic air contaminants that are identified as being potentially harmful to the Great Lakes ecosystem or human health.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Air Quality
GLIN: Air Toxics in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Atmospheric Deposition in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Ozone Issues in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Toxic Contamination in the Great Lakes Region

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