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Webinar: Community Roundtable Discussion on the American Rescue Plan Improving Ambient Air Quality Monitoring to Address Health Outcome Disparities
Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 2:00
Tuesday, August 17, 2021. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Community Roundtable Discussion on the American Rescue Plan Improving Ambient Air Quality Monitoring to Address Health Outcome Disparities. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Register here.
On July 7, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $50 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to improve ambient air quality monitoring for communities across the United States. EPA will receive a total of $100 million from the ARP to address health outcome disparities from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic, with $50 million specifically to advance environmental justice, and another $50 million to enhance air quality.
On August 17, 2021, EPA will host a webinar from 2:00-3:30pm EST to provide an overview of the intended distribution of the air quality monitoring funds, with a focus on the competitive grant criteria. In addition, there will be a short overview on the $50 million in funding aimed at advancing environmental justice. The purpose of this session is to discuss the proposed grant solicitation and timelines, answer questions and receive feedback from environmental justice communities/organizations.
EPA’s plans to use the $50 million to enhance air quality monitoring include:
- A $20 million grant competition requesting applications from community groups, state, local and tribal air agencies, individually or in partnerships, to conduct monitoring of air pollutants of greatest concern in communities with health outcome disparities,
- $22.5 million in direct awards to state, local or tribal air agencies for enhanced air monitoring of fine particle pollution (PM2.5) and other “criteria” air pollutants in and near communities facing disproportionate exposure to these pollutants and increased vulnerability to COVID-19,
- $5 million supporting EPA’s mobile monitoring labs or air sensor loan programs to support communities in need of short-term monitoring and air quality information, and
- $2.5 million to improve data management and ensure the grants and programs are properly administered and tracked.