According to an Ecology press release the initiative seeks to reduce pollution from carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particle pollution, and sulfur dioxide – substances collectively called “criteria” air pollutants that pose risks to human health and the environment.
“Building healthier communities in our state begins with identifying the people and places that face the highest levels of these pollutants today, and then expanding our air quality monitoring network in these areas,” said Laura Watson, Ecology Director.
Ecology is required to identify areas where people are vulnerable to health and environmental inequities under the Climate Commitment Act of 2021. Under the law Ecology must expand air monitoring in these places and develop strategies to reduce the pollution according to Ecology’s press release.
Ecology identified places to expand air monitoring:
EllensburgEverettGeorge and West Grant CountySouth King CountyMattawaMoxeeNortheast PuyallupNorth Seattle and ShorelineSouth SeattleSpokane and Spokane ValleySouth and East TacomaTri-Cities to WallulaVancouverWenatchee and East WenatcheeEast YakimaLower Yakima Valley