The Air Monitoring Program has been in existence since 1975 and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved program. This program manages the ambient air quality monitoring network, which collects air quality data from sensors located throughout the county. Air Monitoring’s primary activity is the monitoring of ambient air quality for the federally designated criteria air pollutants that include ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide and particulates.
The program is subject to a rigorous quality assurance process that ensures the validity of the data. This quality assurance process is audited annually by both the EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Other activities include air toxics monitoring, special purpose monitoring, and daily Air Quality forecasting.
Pinellas County maintains an environmental laboratory to support the Air Quality Monitoring program. The laboratory performs sampling analysis and identification of asbestos and volatile organic compounds and provides technical information to the public and private sectors on issues related to air quality and pollution.