Prince George’s County leads the way in many efforts to reduce air pollution while alerting employees and citizens to the potential health risks of ground-level ozone and particulate matter. The county is a member of the Clean Air Partners, a public-private partnership aimed at increasing public information about the region’s air pollution problems.
The county’s air quality procedure is standard operating procedures that outline the actions that must be taken by various county agencies whenever a code red or code yellow air quality alert is issued by Clean Air Partners. This operating procedure is updated annually to capture staff and responsibility changes within the county’s agencies.
Regional Ambient Pollutants
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 6 principal pollutants, which include ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and lead. These pollutants, known as criteria pollutants, are derived from numerous sources that are considered harmful to public health and the environment.