Engine Block Heater Timer Distribution: December 17, 2014
Timers will be distributed from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM (or until this stock of 400 are gone) at Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Benson Blvd. in Anchorage. Timers are for municipal motorists with engine block heaters already installed on their vehicles. One per residence.
Also at the Distribution, ice scrapers from Chugach Electric, to remind drivers to conserve energy by using a timer when plugging in. Timers increase convenience and reduce electrical use.
The Plug@20 Campaign and Bike to Work Anchorage are initiatives funded by Federal Highway Administration and programmed by AMATS to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. For information about engine block heaters, timers and reducing cold-start emissions, visit the pages Why Plug at 20 and Engine Block Heaters.
Air Quality Program
The Air Quality Program is responsible for monitoring and reporting levels of air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and fine particles, within the municipality of Anchorage. The Program also responds to local air quality complaints and is responsible for various air quality projects. To step through the information and services provided by this program, click on links on this and succeeding pages. For current air quality conditions, call the Air Quality Hotline at 343-4899.
Air Quality Data for Anchorage
Get the most recent air quality data from stations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Levels given at counting stations (color-coded dots) reflect an 8-hour average concentration at the monitoring site; they are not a snapshot of air quality at current time. If it is your first time visiting the site, click here. If you are familiar with the site, click Alaska Air Monitoring Network for a direct connection. For a glossary of terms found on the website, click glossary.
Pollen and Mold Counts
Pollen and mold counts have been provided seasonally from May through September. Counts will resume in May, 2014 and be preformed each week on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Results are reported online and by calling (907) 343-4899. Find pollen counts for Anchorage.
Merrill Field Lead Monitoring Study
The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has completed a one-year monitoring study of airborne lead levels at the Merrill Field Airport. Merrill Field was one of 15 airports selected by the EPA for lead monitoring. This monitoring will help determine whether airports serving large numbers of piston aircraft meet new, more stringent air quality standards for airborne lead set by the EPA in 2008. Click here to view the report or an overview of the study can be found on the Merrill Field Airborne Lead Monitoring Fact Sheet.
Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies
The Air Quality Program has completed a year-long study of indoor and outdoor benzene levels in Anchorage. Previous studies conducted in Anchorage suggested that levels of benzene in outdoor air and inside homes were higher than those in most of the U.S. An overview of the studies can be found on the Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies Fact Sheet.
The full studies can be found at:
Anchorage Outdoor Benzene Study Phase 1
Indoor Benzene Concentrations in Homes with Attached Garages.
Anchorage Air Monitoring Data and Trends report
The Air Quality Program publishes a comprehensive annual report summarizing air quality data and trends. To view the report, please click here. This report is also available in the Alaska Collection of the Loussac Library in Anchorage.
Wind blown dust in front of Pioneer Peak in Palmer. Anchorage can receive dust from the Matanuska Valley on windy days. Photo by Caren del Cioppa and used with permission.