You’ve probably seen them as you drive down the road: small buildings topped with strange-looking contraptions, surrounded by a fence. These are Kentucky’s air monitoring stations, and they are essential tools for telling us how clean our air is.
The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) operates a network of these monitoring stations across the state, each with its own set of air sampling equipment to detect air pollutants. But the stations don’t run themselves; it’s up to DAQ staff to visit the stations regularly, to collect and replace filters and air samples and to make sure the equipment is working properly. And their job doesn’t stop for bad weather. Continue reading “Division for Air Quality’s job doesn’t stop for winter weather”