The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department has launched a mobile air quality monitoring trailer as part of the administration’s mission to bring equity to environmental justice and public health efforts .
The nearly $ 750,000 investment in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program will initially be placed in the San Jose neighborhood, a historically underserved area.
The trailer expands the current criteria pollutant monitoring network from five to six stations throughout Albuquerque-Bernalillo County.
“Albuquerque is fortunate to have good air quality, especially for a city our size, but not all neighborhoods benefit equally. Historically underserved neighborhoods like San Jose can be disproportionately affected, ”said Mayor Tim Keller. “With this mobile air monitoring station, we are bringing equity to environmental justice and public health.
The surveillance trailer can be parked in different neighborhoods to collect localized air quality data to better understand the specific pollutants that the area may experience. The trailer should be parked in a selected location for a minimum of 12 months, but up to three years to collect accurate data and any seasonal variation.
“The Clean Air Agenda is enthusiastically looking for ways to engage in innovative ways with the community and begin to fairly address environmental justice.”
The trailer is not only capable of monitoring major pollutants, but also organic black, brown and total carbon; as well as 75 hazardous air pollutants (or PAHs), including volatile organic compounds (or VOCs).
The city said that while Albuquerque and Bernalillo County remain in compliance with EPA air quality standards, knowing more about what’s in our air is essential to protect the air. public health.