Different air, different areas require different state rules

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How often is that air monitor out of service? Was it out of service during the recent inversions? If it is out of service, how do we know anything about “attainment,” Which is a federal, not a state standard? http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-AP/CBON/1251594862529

I appreciate both the “business” side and the “breathing” side of the air quality question.  As a retired RN I have seen my share of individuals desperately fighting for their next breath of air, no matter what the cause of the original lung damage.
John Justman’s statement that “western Colorado counties generally are not plagued by the ozone and pollution problems facing the Front Range” is highly subjective at best.
What Mesa County lacks is hard data.  There are monitors around the county that do make some readings.  But we lack the kind of concentrated data demanded by a study that would meet a “peer-reviewed” scientific data collection and analysis.  To discontinue any further misconceptions, we need to have such a program. 
An air quality testing program is being conducted in the North Fork area by CU, Boulder, using high school students as the data gatherers.  The program was reported in the Daily Sentinel on October 28, 2013 “Project aims to assess effects of pollution” by Dennis Webb.
Because of this article, I pursued more information on the monitoring program and happened upon an EPA grant that would help support the effort to expand the monitoring into the Mesa County air shed.  I have been working with the same people Dennis Webb reported on, to initiate this program.
At this time we are in need of educational, governmental, and/or non-profit community or private entities to write a letter of commitment for small matching funds and/or participation in the program.
This is an opportunity for hands-on education for fortunate students to participate and learn about air quality, the management of that air shed, use and care of the equipment, data collection and analysis, problem solving with team-building.  What an opportunity!
If you are part of an educational, governmental, and/or non-profit community/private entity and wish to support this educational data program, please contact me, Benita Phillips at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Ashley Collier, Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This action is nothing more than the Front Range’s effort to control our economy on the West Slope. S.Price



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