CONTACT: Sasha Tenenbaum
Senior Manager, Media and Public Engagement
Washington, DC— Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will invest a historic $53.4 million in 132 air monitoring projects in 37 states across the US. Funding for these projects comes through the Inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan and will support projects in underserved communities that are overburdened by pollution.
In response to the announcement, Moms Clean Air Force Senior Legislative Manager Melody Reis issued the following statement:
“If we intend to fight air pollution in a meaningful way, communities across the country need to have accurate data about what is in the air they breathe. Access to air quality data is especially important in frontline communities, where children and families–all too often Black, Latino, Indigenous, and low-wealth families– are disproportionately exposed to health-harming pollution. This historic investment in air quality monitoring is a critical first step in holding polluters accountable and ensuring that these communities, and the families living within them, have access to the resources they need and deserve.”