EPA Announces an Additional $50 Million Under the American Rescue Plan to Enhance Air Pollution Monitoring
WASHINGTON (July 7, 2021) â€” Today, EPA announced that it will make $50 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding available to improve air quality monitoring in communities across the United States. The latest set of funding builds on the agencyâ€™s recent announcement of $50 million for environmental justice projects under the ARP, bringing the total to $100 million in EPA funding designated by Congress to address health outcome disparities from pollution and the COVIDâ€“19 pandemic.
The major components of the plan to enhance air community monitoring include:
- a grants competition that will seek proposals from community groups and state, Tribal and local government air agencies;
- direct awards to air agencies for continuous monitoring of small particles (known as PM2.5 or soot) and other Clean Air Act pollutants;
- enhanced capacity for short-term community monitoring; and
- support to administer the funding.
For more information, please visit https://www.epa.gov/amtic/american-rescue-plan.