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EPA to award up to $4M to support community-scale monitoring of air toxics

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting (EPA-OAR-OAQPS-15-01) proposals for up to $4 million in awards to assist state, local and tribal communities in identifying and profiling air toxics sources; assessing emerging measurement methods; characterizing the degree and extent of local air toxics problems; and tracking progress of air toxics reduction activities.

EPA anticipates awarding up to approximately 15 - 20 assistance agreements from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

To be considered for funding under this RFP, each project proposal must address only one of the following four categories: community-scale monitoring; monitoring in the near-road environment; methods evaluation; or analysis of existing data.

  • Community-Scale Monitoring. This category is intended to assist state, local and tribal agencies in assessing the degree and extent to which air toxics problems impact their respective communities.

  • Monitoring in the Near-road Environment. This category is intended to assist state, local and tribal agencies in assessing the degree and extent to which air toxics problems impact their respective communities in the near-road environment. As a result of the NO2 NAAQS, a number of near-road monitoring stations began operations in January 2014. These stations could potentially be leveraged by a community-scale project under this RFP.

  • Methods Evaluation. This category is intended to assist state, local and tribal agencies in evaluating emerging alternative sampling and analysis and/or monitoring methodologies that are of potential applicability to their particular situation as well as regionally and/or nationally.

  • Analysis of Existing Data and Implementation/Development of Tools. This category is aimed at state, local and tribal agencies which have already collected a significant amount of air toxics monitoring data and need support to analyze and interpret their results via existing tools or developing new tools. The objectives of a data analysis project should be consistent with those listed under Community-Scale Monitoring: supporting health assessments, evaluating air quality models, or characterizing community exposures.

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