Air Monitoring and Reporting
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection operates and maintains a variety of ambient air monitoring equipment around the state. Some of these instruments operate on a continuous basis and provide hourly averages of pollutants or meteorological data that is used in the evaluation of the air pollutant data. Data may also be collected over a twenty-four hour period such as particulates or it may be collected as a composite over an entire week. Examples of the latter are the atmospheric and mercury deposition monitoring programs. The number of monitoring sites and the pollutants that are monitored may vary from year to year depending on the expected concentrations of the pollutants, the origin of the pollutants and new programs based on changes in existing regulations or the establishment of new regulations. For more information, contact Andy Johnson (207) 480-0906.
Air Monitoring Data including:
- Air Quality Forecast - Ozone and particle pollution forecasts.
- Air Quality Data and Site Map - current conditions reported from Maine's air quality monitoring sites.
- Air Quality Preliminary Data (ozone and particle) from continuous monitors.
- Atmospheric Deposition - monitoring locations and field data.
Chronic Ambient Air Guidelines (2019): Ambient Air Guidelines (AAGs) represent chemical concentrations in ambient air, below which there is minimal risk of a deleterious health effect resulting from long-term inhalation exposure. The AAGs are derived to be protective for effects due to chronic exposure (“chronic” refers to long-term exposure); therefore, these guidelines are most appropriately compared with long-term average ambient air measurements (e.g., annual averages).
- MAIRIS is a free web based reporting system developed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to assist Maine facilities with their annual air emissions reporting requirements. Log in to MAIRIS.
Annual Air Monitoring Plan 2020 (7 MB, pdf) - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) operates a network of ambient air monitoring sites at locations across the state. ME DEP is required to submit an Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This document was subject to a 30-day public comment period before ME DEP submitted it to EPA for review and approval. A draft of the 2020 Annual Monitoring Plan was posted on this web site June 12, 2019. The comment period concluded in mid-July 2019. The final plan was submitted to EPA on August 27, 2019 and is awaiting their approval.
The annual network plan describes to EPA which pollutants and other parameters DEP measures at its various ambient air monitoring sites and why they are measured at those specific locations. It also describes changes in the network - including new and closed locations, and new and discontinued measurements at existing locations - since the last network plan, as well as proposed changes in the network over the next 12 months.
Five Year Assessment of Maine's Ambient Air Monitoring Network (pdf) - The Five Year Monitoring Network Assessment is required by EPA and allows all who are invested in Maine’s air quality to consider DEP’s air monitoring program objectives in the context of “the bigger picture,” and from a vantage point five years into the future. Originally presented to EPA on July 1, 2015 this revision from December 2015 reflects modifications incorporated after receiving many comments and suggestions.