Local affiliate of the Ohio EPA and Summit County Public Health: Serving Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties of Ohio

 

Akron Regional Air Quality Management District

 

 

 

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Mission Statement

It is our duty and goal at the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District (ARAQMD) to monitor levels of ambient air pollutants, enforce air pollution regulations, and inspect major industrial air pollutant sources in order to achieve and maintain clean ambient air for the citizens of Summit, Medina, and Portage counties.

 

History

ARAQMD officially began as a division of the Akron Health Department on January 1, 1965. In January 1971 the operation of the department became county-wide after signing an agreement with the Summit County General Health District. This county-wide monitoring encompassed the counties of Summit, Medina, and Portage. Later in 1971, ARAQMD became a local affiliate of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charged with enforcement of the air pollution control regulations for the state of Ohio.

Downtown Akron

 

Focus

ARAQMD has three primary air quality focal points: engineering, enforcement, and monitoring.  The engineering section regulates industrial and commercial air pollution sources for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations governing air emissions. It is this sectors responsibility to grant pollution permits related to installation and operations. Although permitting is a large focus of this sector it is also the duty of the engineering sector to inspect air pollution sources and facilities to evaluate and observe compliance or conduct stack testing of significant air pollution sources.

The enforcement aspect of ARAQMD is charged with responding to complaints of odor, dust, and open burning. It is also our responsibility to regulate gas dispensing facilities (GDFs) to ensure compliance with air quality standards. Routine patrols of Summit, Medina, and Portage counties are undertaken to assure both public and private sector air quality compliance. Any violation obtained via patrol or contact is documented for possible local and/or state enforcement. 

 

Monitoring of air quality is another primary focus at ARAQMD. Our monitoring sector is charged with collecting continuous and intermittent air quality results through the use of various monitoring instruments. Air Quality is based off of the measurement of the ambient air concentrations for four U.S. EPA criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). With these measurements an Air Quality Index (AQI) is created twice daily at 8am and 4pm. It is the responsibility of the monitoring sector to analyze not only ambient air quality (AAQ, outdoor air quality) related to AQI but also in relation to pollen counts. Another type of monitoring that occurs relates to select cases of indoor air quality (IAQ).Types of IAQ concerns relate to presence of mold, dust, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. House calls are rare and testing is done by individuals not ARAQMD. Before a representative from ARAQMD will follow up a complaint in the private sector it is first necessary to receive it from a chain of command, i.e. if there is mold in a school and a teacher is concerned, before ARAQMD will arrive to assess the situation a principal or higher staff needs to request it.

 

 

What's New in AQ

After 20 years in our facility at the CitiCenter Bldg in downtown Akron, we will be relocating to a facility at:

 

Fairway Center

1867 W Market St

Akron, OH 44313

 

Our anticipated move date will be mid-October.

Our phone number(s) will remain the same. 

Please contact us at 330.375.2480 with any questions.

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary

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NEW & Decommissioned 

Gas Dispensing Facility Guidance 

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Latest Air You Breathe newsletter
Wind is an important "ingredient" in an air quality "recipe." Check out this site for current and some historical air quality maps. 

http://hint.fm/wind/index.html

ARAQMD Contact List 

w/ Phone & Email - Updated March 2014

2012 Annual Report

Local Fees

updated Jan 2013

 

 

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146 South High Street, Suite 904 Akron, Ohio 44308
toll free: 1-800-589-2480    

Local: 330-375-2480

Fax: 330.375.2402

ARAQMD@schd.org

 

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