January 28, 2020:
Yesterday the Municipality of Anchorage had Good air quality with a daily index value of 20. We expect Good air quality again today, with a forecasted daily index value near 30.
We ask anyone who operates a fireplace or woodstove to fuel it with only clean, dry wood to avoid excessive neighborhood smoke pollution.
Near real-time air quality conditions, which update at the top of each hour are available via the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation air monitoring stations report available at: http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Aq/
The Anchorage Health Department will monitor and report conditions if there is a likelihood of potentially unhealthful air quality conditions. The current air quality forecast can be obtained by calling the air quality hotline at 343-4899 or by visiting www.muni.org/air.
Air Quality Index (AQI) Reporting
Updates about air pollution levels in Anchorage, Alaska can be obtained by visiting this website daily, or by calling 343-4899. This recording is updated before 9AM each weekday.
The values given for AQI relate pollutant concentrations to health effects that may be experienced at those levels by means of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Index. For further information about the index from EPA click here.
Air quality data throughout Alaska is collected & reported by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation - Air Monitoring Program. That data is available from their AQI Report web-page, which is accessible by clicking on the large AQI Logo above. The link immediately below explains AQI values and their health effect significance.
Anchorage Air Quality Standards
The US Environmental Protection Agency has set air quality standards for six air pollutants. These are carbon monoxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, airborne lead, and two size categories of fine particulates called PM-10 and PM-2.5. Anchorage currently meets standards for all six of these pollutants. However, levels of PM-10, or course particulate, sometimes approach federal standards.
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.
If you use a wood stove or fireplace, please burn only clean dry wood with enough ventilation to prevent smoldering. Burning combustible trash is forbidden by municipal ordinance because it produces noxious smoke. Please help us all be able to enjoy clean, healthy air. If you have an air quality concern, please call the Anchorage Health Department, Environmental Services Program at 343-4200.
Remember the use of leaf blowers for dry sweeping is not allowed
Get the most recent air quality data from stations in Anchorage and Eagle River by means of the Alaska AQI. Levels given use data from recent hours only at each monitoring site. They will differ from the EPA index reported and forecast above because of their short-term nature. The Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation maintains this information. Monitors within the Municipality include "Garden" - a site in the Airport Heights neighborhood in north Anchorage; "Laurel" - located on Tudor Road near the intersection with Lake Otis; "Parkgate" - a site on the Old Glenn Hwy. in the business district of Eagle River. Though monitors continuously collect data, reporting of information from sites via the internet may be periodically interrupted.
Health Advisory Notification
Health advisories are issued whenever air pollution levels reach or are predicted to reach unhealthful levels. These advisories are released to the news media and include advice to people who may be at risk.
Complaints about odors, dust, smoke, illegal open burning, smoking vehicles and other clean air code violations can be reported by calling 343-4200. A complaint can also be filed online by clicking here.
Air Quality Operating Permit Review
Most permitting is handled by the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation (269-7500). Certain types of facilities, however, are permitted through the Municipal Air Quality Program. The Air Quality Program reviews applications for fire training and some incineration facilities. Call 343-4200 for more information.