Air Pollution Monitoring to Increase for Oregon Communities
By MONICA SAMAYOA, Oregon Public Broadcasting
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Two of Oregons most economically disadvantaged and racially diverse communities one in Portland and the other on the south coast are getting a boost in their fight against air pollution.
The air-quality challenges facing environmental justice communities are being highlighted by the Environmental Protection Agencys grants to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, environmental nonprofit Verde and the Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians. The grants are aimed at increasing air quality monitoring and awareness in communities where many residents are poor, people of color, and disproportionately burdened by pollution like those living near industrial facilities or highways.
DEQ spokesperson Lauren Wirtis said the agency is set to receive nearly $500,000 that will be used to work with local communities, universities, and local agencies that will co-design a monitoring framework to collect better data that could lead to more action from the state.
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