EPA Science Inventory

Integrating Sensor Monitoring Technology into the Current Air Pollution Regulatory Support Paradigm: Practical Considerations

Citation:

Hall, E., S. Kaushik, R. Vanderpool, R. Duvall, M. Beaver, R. Long, AND P. Solomon. Integrating Sensor Monitoring Technology into the Current Air Pollution Regulatory Support Paradigm: Practical Considerations. American Journal of Environmental Engineering. Scientific & Academic Publishing, Rosemead, CA, 4(6):147-154, (2014).

Description:

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with state, local, and tribal governments operate Federal Reference Method (FRM) and Federal Equivalent Method (FEM) instruments to assess compliance with US air pollution standards designed to protect human and ecosystem health. As the technological foundation of air pollution monitoring advances, new capabilities are being developed which can enhance our ability to determine ambient air pollutant concentrations. A new category of air pollution monitoring instruments called ‘sensors’ have emerged with a number of implications for the current US air monitoring strategy. Sensors have the potential to be used in compliance monitoring, however a number of considerations must be addressed. Fortunately EPA’s FEM Program, under the 40 CFR Part 53 regulations, provides a clear roadmap for upgrading air pollution monitoring devices and this guidance can be applied to sensors. The paper will discuss how new technology is integrated into EPA’s air monitoring program and how EPA’s regulations can be used to incorporate sensors into the US air monitoring network.

Purpose/Objective:

The National Exposure Research Laboratory’s (NERL’s) Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (HEASD) conducts research in support of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. HEASD’s research program supports Goal 1 (Clean Air) and Goal 4 (Healthy People) of EPA’s strategic plan. More specifically, our division conducts research to characterize the movement of pollutants from the source to contact with humans. Our multidisciplinary research program produces Methods, Measurements, and Models to identify relationships between and characterize processes that link source emissions, environmental concentrations, human exposures, and target-tissue dose. The impact of these tools is improved regulatory programs and policies for EPA.

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INTEGRATING NEW SENSOR MONITORING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CURRENT AIR POLLUTION REGULATORY SUPPORT PARADIGM PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS_ESH_13SEPT2013_FINAL.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 118.416 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Completion Date: 11/03/2014
Record Last Revised: 12/08/2014
Record Created: 12/08/2014
Record Released: 12/08/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 297516

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB

HUMAN EXPOSURE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES DIVISION

PROCESS MODELING RESEARCH BRANCH