Ambient air monitoring operations are the responsibility of the DEQ Assessment Division, Air Field Services Section. The Air Field Services Section maintains a statewide monitoring network, made up of stationary ambient air monitoring stations. From these sites, Analysis personnel collect direct measurements of air pollutant concentrations, analyze, and interpret the data. The data collected is used to track trends in air quality and to determine compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Monitoring sites contain specialized instruments to measure concentrations of the pollutants ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead and respirable particulate matter, in accordance with federal air monitoring requirements. The Air Field Services Section also measures concentrations of volatile organic compounds at selected sites throughout Louisiana.
The Section also reports daily air quality forecasts and readings to the public in the following areas: Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport and Thibodaux. DEQ provides the information to radio and television news and to local newspapers, who report the air quality reading in a short air quality statement included in the daily weather report mainly during ozone season. Hourly air quality readings and the daily air quality forecast are also available on this web site.
NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS
|Pollutant||Primary/Secondary||Averaging Time||Level||Form||Attainment Status|
8 - hour
1 - hour
|Not to be exceeded more than once per year||Attainment|
|Lead||Primary and Secondary||Rolling 3 - month average||0.15 µg/m3 (1)||Not to be exceeded||Attainment|
Primary and Secondary
1 - hour
98th percentila, averaged over 3 years
Ambient Air Monitoring Sites
Ambient Air Monitoring Data
Other Links to Air Quality Data
We expect to see reductions in chloroprene emissions immediately. - Secretary Chuck Carr Brown, PhD.