Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program
Entry ID: gomc_60

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Summary
Abstract: The EPA's ambient air quality monitoring program is carried out by
State and local agencies and consists of three major categories of monitoring
stations, State and Local Air Monitoring Stations (SLAMS), National Air
Monitoring Stations (NAMS), and Special Purpose Monitoring Stations (SPMS),
that measure the criteria pollutants. Additionally, a fourth category of a
monitoring station, the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations (PAMS),
which measures ozone precursors (approximately 60 volatile hydrocarbons and
carbonyl) has been required by the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 76.63   S: 13.71   E: -61.48   W: -177.1

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1970-01-01
Quality The Ambient Air Monitoring Quality Assurance Team is dedicated to ensuring that
environmental data operations are of a quality that meets the requirements for
informed decision making. We remain committed to providing the EPA, State,
Local, Tribal agencies, the academic community and industry the information and
expertise to ensure decisions are made to protect the public and the
environment. We recognize that this will be accomplished through effective
communication and cooperation with monitoring organizations and by implementing
and supporting training, development of guidance documents, performance
evaluations and data quality assessments with the ultimate goal of providing
data of acceptable quality.
Ancillary Keywords
Data Set Progress
IN WORK
Originating Center
Data Center
Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program, Air Quality Planning and Standards, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.epa.gov/air/oaqps/qa/monprog.html

Data Center Personnel
Name: NORM BELOIN
Phone: 617-918-8387
Email: beloin.norm at epa.gov
Contact Address:
USEPA Region 1 NE Reg. Lab
11 Technology Drive
City: No Chelmsford
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 01863-2413
Country: USA
Distribution
Distribution Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Fees: No
Personnel
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 617-918-8387
Email: beloin.norm at epa.gov
Contact Address:
USEPA Region 1 NE Reg. Lab
11 Technology Drive
City: No Chelmsford
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 01863-2413
Country: USA
Publications/References
The Clean Air Act provides the principal framework for national, state, and
local efforts to protect air quality. Under the Clean Air Act, OAQPS is
responsible for setting standards, also known as national ambient air quality
standards (NAAQS), for pollutants which are considered harmful to people and
the environment. OAQPS is also responsible for ensuring that these air quality
standards are met, or attained (in cooperation with state, Tribal, and local
governments) through national standards and strategies to control pollutant
emissions from automobiles, factories, and other sources.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-12-28
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