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Air Quality

Ambient Air Monitoring Network

DHEC has developed this web application to assist the public in understanding air quality monitoring issues. This tool shows the location of air quality monitoring stations in South Carolina, the parameters measured at each location with the site descriptions and historical graphs of the concentrations of major pollutants. This page also contains information on the South Carolina's ambient air monitoring network, including current and past annual network descriptions and monitoring plans.

Network Description and Ambient Air Network Monitoring Plan

On October 17, 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published revisions to the ambient monitoring regulations requiring quality assurance, monitor designations, minimum requirements for both number and distribution of monitors among metropolitan statistical areas, and probe siting changes. The regulation also specified the requirement for an annual monitoring network plan and periodic network assessment.

Beginning on July 1, 2007, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (Department) began creating and posting the annually required monitoring network plan. The monitoring regulations also required that the states provide for a thirty-day public comment period. In addition to plans available for public comment, the Department also maintains all historical plans including: proposed plans, comments received, the Department's response to comments received and final plan submitted to the EPA.

The Department is also required to conduct a periodic assessment of the monitoring network every five years beginning in 2010. Current and future required network assessments will be posted on this page.

Documents presented here are in pdf format.

Current and Historical Monitoring Plans

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

The Bureau of Air Quality conducted a workshop, Ambient Air Monitoring Network Design, on March 15, 2006. The workshop was held at the SC Archives and History Center in Columbia.

This workshop was designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles, requirements and limitations of ambient air monitoring and a common basis for groups and individuals who wished to provide comments and input to the Air Program review of monitoring needs. The presentations and discussions were intended for stakeholders, local and regional governmental organizations, and others who have an interest in Air Quality and the Protection of Public Health and the environment.

In addition to our staff, Tim Hanley (US EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards), who participated in the development of the proposed federal rule on ambient monitoring, 40CFR Parts 53 and 58, Revisions to Ambient Air Monitoring Regulations, spoke on the proposed changes and the impact on required monitoring.



GENERAL INFORMATION LINKS



NETWORK DESIGN AND REVIEW LINKS



DATA AND REPORTS



MONITOR SITING



REGULATIONS


For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.