Quinault Air Quality Program
The Quinault Air Quality Program is responsible for maintaining good air quality for the Quinault Indian Nation and its people. Good air quality is important to your health and the environment. Federal and state agencies set air quality standards for outdoor air. The purpose of these standards is to prevent air pollution from reaching levels that hurt human health. When an area does not meet an air quality standard, the Quinault Air Quality Program must develop a plan to clean up the air.
There are many air pollutants that can directly affect your health through breathing, such as ground-level ozone and fine particles. The specific pollutant, its concentration in the air, the length of time of exposure, your own health conditions and the environmental quality of the area are all factors in how air pollution affects your health.
Educating the public and ensuring their participation in the air quality management process is a critical aspect of Quinault Air Quality Program responsibility. Air quality has a tremendous impact on sensitive populations. These populations need to understand how they are affected, how they can minimize these impacts, and how they can influence decision makers for the benefit of the Quinault Indian Nation.
Quinault Air Quality Management Systems
Effective air quality management systems also include specific goals or standards that are quantified, measurable and have associated timelines for achievement. A transparent process including consultation with and review by the public, including the regulated community, facilitates understanding, acceptance and implementation of goals and standards.
Air quality management refers to all the activities a regulatory authority undertakes to help protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of air pollution. The process of managing air quality can be illustrated as a cycle of inter-related elements.
The Quinault Air Quality Program uses emissions inventories, air monitoring, air quality modeling and other assessment tools to understand the air quality problem fully.
The cycle is a dynamic process. There is a continuous review and assessment of goals and strategies based on their effectiveness. All parts of this process are informed by scientific research that provides essential understanding of how pollutants are emitted, transported and transformed in the air and their effects on human health and the environment.
Environmental Protection Manager, Daniel Ravenel » 360.276.8215 x7301
Air Quality Program Manager, Carolyn Kelly » 360.276.8215 x7310
Additional Quinault Air Quality Resources:
Air Research (EPA)
Environmental Health Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)