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4th of July Fireworks May Impact Air Quality
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4th of July Fireworks May Impact Air Quality

Each year we celebrate our national birthday and fireworks displays are a traditional method of celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July.

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6/29/2022

Why you may smell smoke in Polk County, Iowa
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Why you may smell smoke in Polk County, Iowa

The Fire and Smoke Map shows fine particle pollution (PM2.5) from permanent AirNow monitors, temporary monitors deployed by agencies for smoke events, and low-cost sensors made by PurpleAir. https://fire.airnow.gov/ Users can click or tap on the layer icon on the upper right of the map to select/de-select map layers showing the different data sources.

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3/29/2022

March 1st marks the beginning of the 2022 ozone season
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March 1st marks the beginning of the 2022 ozone season

From now through October 31, the daily air quality forecasts from the Polk County Air Quality Division will include forecasts for ozone as well as our year-round forecasts for fine particle pollution. The county-based forecasting gives users up-to-date and localized forecasting for Polk County, including the next day's forecast.

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2/28/2022

Polk County AQI to reach Orange Category.
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Polk County AQI to reach Orange Category.

6/15/2022 - Polk County, Iowa The Air Quality Index(AQI) for fine particulate pollution is expected to reach the Orange or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category.

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6/15/2022

The AQI for Particulate Pollution
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The AQI for Particulate Pollution

6/14/22 - The Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate pollution is expected to reach the Orange or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Category.

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6/14/2022

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Iowa’s 2022 Air Monitoring Network Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

The air monitoring network plan will assist the Iowa DNR in its efforts to monitor the quality of Iowa’s air and to keep the public aware of air quality problems. The plan is required by EPA’s national ambient air monitoring regulations. It contains detailed information about the location and purpose of any monitor in Iowa’s air monitoring network that produces data for comparison with national ambient air quality standards. The 2022 Air Monitoring Network Plan is available by clicking here or going to www.iowadnr.gov/airpublicinput.

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5/17/2022

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EPA Clean School Bus Rebate Webinar

Following the passage of the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law EPA's new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over five years (2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with new low- or no-emission school buses.

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5/10/2022

Tornado Recovery Effort and Open Burning
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Tornado Recovery Effort and Open Burning

As our communities begin the work of tornado debris cleanup, keep in mind that open burning is not allowed within the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale, and Pleasant Hill. In cities not listed above contact your city or check the Air Quality Division’s Polk County Cities and Municipalities Open Burning Ordinances page to determine if open burning is allowed in your location

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3/7/2022

High Wind Event Cleanup
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High Wind Event Cleanup

As communities begin the work of storm debris cleanup, keep in mind that open burning is not allowed within Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale, and Pleasant Hill. Check Air Quality's Open Burning page to determine if allowed in your location.

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12/16/2021

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New DNR Payment Portal for Title V Emission Fees

DNR launched a new online payment portal for facilities to pay annual Title V fees. Visit https://programs.iowadnr.gov/payments/ and search for the facility by EIQ number, facility name or ID.

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7/30/2021

What's the State of YOUR Air?
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What's the State of YOUR Air?

For 22 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make the air cleaner and healthier. https://www.lung.org/research/sota

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4/22/2021

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National Radon Action Month

EPA recommends preventing lung cancer by testing your home for Radon. This week marks the beginning of National Radon Action Month. Every January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges everyone across the United States to test their homes for radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the ground and, in some cases, well water supply. Contact Polk County Environmental Health for low cost radon test kits. (515)286-3705

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1/7/2021

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Air Quality Monitoring

Ambient Air Quality affects everyone. Children often play outside during hot, muggy summer afternoons. Their lungs are still developing, and they breathe more rapidly and inhale more air pollution per pound of body weight than adults.

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4/1/2020