New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new statewide community air monitoring initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in the US.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will identify 10 areas to deploy monitoring technology to collect air quality data, including in multiple disadvantaged communities.
Monitoring will include greenhouse gas emissions and other co-pollutants that affect public health, identifying the areas experiencing the highest air quality impacts.
DEC’s Environmental Justice Programme will provide up to $500,000 (£366,019) in grants to community groups to contribute to the development and operation of air monitoring networks.
The initiative will support the state’s climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.
Governor Hochul said: “Our most economically disadvantaged communities have also been hit the hardest by the harmful effects of pollution and climate change.
“With this new initiative, we are deploying the latest state-of-the-art technology to examine the air quality in communities across New York State and working with experts to determine the best solutions to reduce pollution to correct this injustice that has overburdened vulnerable parts of our state for far too long.”