On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will provide more than $4.3 million in funding for studies of organic compounds in the atmosphere. This research will help the government improve public health, protect the environment, and better manage air quality and climate issues.
Grants from the EPA and additional funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Southern Company will provide a combined $20 million in financial support for this research. These organizations will also supply resources including: scientists, aircraft, towers, and air quality monitoring stations to capture data on organic aerosols at the ground level and at various heights.
“This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for groundbreaking research on air quality,” explained Lek Kadeli, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “By working together, we will be able to improve the accuracy of the air models that are used by states to develop plans to reduce air pollution and meet air quality standards. This research will also lead to more accurate climate models as we continue to study the impacts of climate change.”
Researchers plan to create high-quality models from data collected in these studies and help find solutions for developing air quality concerns. Employers can help protect workers exposed to air pollution by providing training, monitoring air quality, and supplying the appropriate safety supplies, like respiratory protection.