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E-M:/ Michigan DEQ Air Quality Division, Air Monitoring Unit Recognized

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

U.S. PIRG and the citizen oriented, Washington DC-based Clean Air
Network released a mid-season report today in Washington DC which
looks at ozone air quality and smog so far this summer.

One part of the report summary identifies Michigan as having at least one
with an excursion over the new ozone health standards on 22% of the 
days since May 14, 1998.

Another part of the report summary indicates Michigan among three 
states in the United State to get an "A" on providing ozone information 
to the public.....which is a real tribute to the MDEQ Air Quality Division Air
Monitoring Unit.

Both parts of the report summaries are below:


The report includes data from the following states:
TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV who made data available voluntarily.  States not included
did not have sufficient data to be included in the report.

      Not all states have made this data available yet, but the data that is
available from 27 states and Washington, DC indicate that:

 The new standard is significantly more protective than the old standard.
While the new standard was violated 1904 times on 74 days, the old standard
was violated 139 times on 35 days.
 On every day since June 20, at least one U.S. community has been exposed
to unhealthful levels of air pollution;
 North Carolina is experiencing the most frequent exposure to dangerously
high air pollution levels, violating the standard on more than half the
days since the start of ozone season;
 Other states experiencing especially frequent episodes of unhealthful air
quality include:  Texas (34% of days);  Georgia (46% of days); Florida (32%
of days); Pennsylvania (38% of days);  Maryland (33% of days); Indiana (28%
of days); New Jersey (27% of days); New York (25% of days) and Michigan
(22% of days).

TOP TEN STATES experiencing problems with 8-hour standard:
State       # of exceedences    # unhealthy days    %days since 1st violation
1.  NC      226         36          54% of days since 5/15
2.  TX      119         26          34% since 4/5
3.  GA      149         31          46% since 5/13
4.  FL      184         28          32% since 5/1
5.  PA      272         26          38% since 5/14
6.  MD      109         22          33% since 5/15
7.  IN        64            21          28% since 5/13
8.  NJ      101         18          27% since 5/16
9.  NY        79            16          25% since 5/16
10.  MI       90            15          22% since 5/14


Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:57:57 -0400
From: JMardock@nrdc.org (Jayne Mardock)
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Subject: air-mail: Revised State Grades on Ozone Reporting
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As an accompaniment to the mid-season ozone report, you may want to highlight
how your state compares in providing information.  In most cases, states with
lots of exceedances are just more thorough in reporting and monitoring, and they
should THANKED, not be penalized for that.  A few states have begun to provide
more complete information, which is reflected in this revision.   There is room
for improvement, but most states with air quality problems are reporting at
least some data, which is good.

If you are getting data from "failing" or "unable to evaluate" states, we'd love
to see it.  CAN and PIRG will be working on an end of season ozone report (early
October), and want to have as complete data as possible.  Grades posted as text
and attachment.

Making the Grade on Ozone Reporting

It is important to note that although a state may report many exceedances of the
1-hour and 8-hour ozone standard, this may mean that they have a more extensive
monitoring system, better reporting mechanisms, and actually helps to protect
the public better with good forecasting and information sharing.  A few states
stand out with exceptional data availablility, but all states getting a passing
grade are providing good information in a timely manner.  Hopefully, more states
will have a passing grade by the end of the ozone season.

We have defined "publicly available" as "on the Internet somewhere."  Although
not all people have access to the Internet, it is more accessible to a broader
public than any other way of communicating this kind of data.  State agencies
may make information available upon request by fax or mail, but this requires
the individual to make the appropriate contact in the agency. 

A States:   IN, MI, TX
publicly available, statewide data posted within 24 hours
archived data available
post ozone alert forecasts
1 and 8 hour exceedances available

B States:   CT, DE, DC, FL, ME, MA, MD (+ for great forecasting), NC, NH, NJ (+
for code red at .085, updated by hour), NY, PA, RI, UT, VT, VA, WV
publicly available, statewide data posted, but not within 24 hours 
1 and 8 hour exceedances available
may post ozone alert forecasts and participate in EPA ozone mapping project

C States:   CA, CO, GA (+ for one hour data), IL, MO, OR, WI
publicly available statewide data
only report 1 hour data, but may provide enough data to calculate 8-hour
may post ozone alert forecasts

D States:   KY (only Louisville), LA (sporadic reporting), OH (only Dayton
reports), OK (only Tulsa)
only partial data publicly available
no archive
may post ozone alert forecasts

F States:   AL, AR, AZ, MS, NV, SC, TN
No public data, but likely has ozone problem
no ozone alert system on the web 

Not able to evaluate, but not likely to have violations:
AK, HI, ID, IA*, KS*, MT, MN*, NE*, NM, ND, SD, WA*, WY 
*  may exceed 8-hour standard on occasion, unlikely nonattainment 


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Environmental Consulting and Database Systems
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