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High and Dry in the Smoggy Skies...?
Overcoming the Challenges in Capturing Air Toxics 411!

February 2004

Have you ever wondered just what is coming out of the smokestack of a neighboring factory? Or wondered what might be the potential health impacts of air pollution in your community?

Fortunately, there are several on-line sources of official air pollution data that can help you answer these questions. Navigating which sources cover what can be daunting. Below we describe some of the major air pollution information sources - where to find them, what they include, and what are their strengths and weaknesses.

We also provide some tips for finding additional state and local sources of air quality and toxics information.

This is a work in progress! If you know of additional resources that we should include, PLEASE email us and let us know. If you found this useful, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We would love to hear from you.

Miho Kim & Kim Rodgers
Environmental Justice Team

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This Air Toxics toolkit was inspired by DataCenter's research project for People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO)'s Clean Air Campaign with residents of East Oakland, CA. The campaign efforts are also supported by PUEBLO's campaign partners, Center for Environmental Health, and the Alameda County Environmental Health Department. We asked the partnership, as well as folks at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to give feedback to produce this toolkit -and while it's still a work in progress, thanks for helping us get a good start!

Partnership contacts:
• Akua Jackson, Environmental Justice Organizer, PUEBLO
• Pam Evans, Pollution Prevention/Toxics Liaison, Alameda County Environmental Health Department
• Katie Silberman, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Health

A project of the DataCenter's Environmental Justice Program.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
Measuring Air Pollution
Types of Air Pollutants
Research Tips

Online Pollution Databases
Non-Governmental Databases
Governmental Databases
Compliance & Enforcement Data

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