EPA to Update Air Toxics Data for Justice Communities More Often

June 23, 2021, 9:24 PM

Environmental justice communities will have more access to air toxics information through public updates to emissions information made every year, the EPA says.

The agency announced Wednesday that national air toxics data and risk estimates, released every three to four years since 2002, will now be shared “faster and more regularly with the public” in efforts to increase transparency for pollution-burdened areas.

  • Toxics information will be added to EJSCREEN, the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice mapping tool.
  • The agency’s Air Trends Report will eventually include air toxics risk reporting every year—the latest assessment was released three years ago, using data from 2014.
  • EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is required under the Clean Air Act to identify and review air toxics emissions issues.
  • “Increasing transparency and providing the public with access to data are fundamental to improving air quality in America,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in the announcement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Hijazi in Washington at jhijazi@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloombergindustry.com; John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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