2013 Jan: EPA: Example Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Sign-Up Letter

Example Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Sign-Up Letter





[Submit to ADVANCE@epa.gov and you may also mail to:

                                    PM Advance

                                    c/o Laura Bunte

                                    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

                                    Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, C304-01

                                    Research Triangle Park, NC  27711]


Dear Ms. Bunte:

<Name state, tribal, and/or local government agencies, along with any other stakeholder participants> would like to participate in PM Advance with respect to <name area>.  We wish to join this partnership with EPA to preserve or improve the air quality in <name area>, and we meet the program eligibility criteria, i.e.:

(1)       <Name area> is not currently a nonattainment area for the 1997 and/or 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and/or for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS,

(2)       <Name area> consists of <generally describe area; for example, list the counties/parishes or tribal lands included in the area>,

(3)       The following air monitor(s) reflect the air quality in <name area>: <identify monitor(s)>,  and

(4)       Existing emissions inventory reporting requirements have been met.

We understand that our efforts under PM Advance may benefit <name area>

by potentially:

  • Reducing air pollution in terms of PM2.5 as well as other air pollutants,
  • Ensuring continued healthy PM2.5 levels,
  • Maintaining the PM2.5 NAAQS,
  • Helping avoid violations of the PM2.5 NAAQS that could lead to a future nonattainment designation,
  • Increasing public awareness about PM2.5 as an air pollutant, and
  • Targeting limited resources toward actions to address PM2.5 problems quickly.

Our goal is to implement measures and programs to reduce PM2.5 in <name area> in the near term.  We agree to that it is in our best interest to work together and in coordination with stakeholders and the public to proactively pursue this goal.

I can be reached at <insert phone #> and by e-mail <insert e-mail address>.









[Letter should be signed by the appropriate state, tribal, and/or local government official(s) with the authority to implement the program and to assist in leveraging staff and other resources as needed.]



cc:  <Name of EPA Regional Office contact>

[EPA Regional Office contacts for PM Advance include:

Region 1       Alison Simcox                     (617) 918-1684

Region 2       Kenneth Fradkin                (212) 637-3702

Region 3       Maria Pino                            (215) 814-2181

Region 4       Joel Huey                             (404) 562-9104

Region 5       John Summerhays                        (312) 886-6067

Region 6       Joe Kordzi                            (214) 665-7186

Region 7       Amy Bhesania                     (913) 551-7147

Region 8       Catherine Roberts             (303) 312-6025

Region 9       Frances Wicher                  (415) 972-3957

Region 10    Jeff Hunt                                (206) 553-0256]


[EPA will review this letter determine that the applicant(s) has/have met the basic program eligibility criteria, and will then indicate by e-mail and/or letter whether the applicant(s) has/have been accepted into the program.]

Health Effects of Ground Level Ozone



Ozone in the air we breathe can harm our health—typically on hot, sunny days when ozone can

reach unhealthy levels. Even relatively low levels of ozone can cause health effects. People

with lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors may be particularly

sensitive to ozone.

Children are at greatest risk from exposure to ozone because their lungs are still developing and

they are more likely to be active outdoors when ozone levels are high, which increases their

exposure. Children are also more likely than adults to have asthma.

Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat

irritation, and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground level

ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure

may permanently scar lung tissue.

These effects may lead to increased school absences, medication use, visits to doctors and

emergency rooms, and hospital admissions. Research also indicates that ozone exposure may

increase the risk of premature death from heart or lung disease.

Ozone is particularly likely to reach unhealthy levels on hot sunny days in urban environments.

It is a major part of urban smog. Ozone can also be transported long distances by wind. For

this reason, even rural areas can experience high ozone levels. And, in some cases, ozone can

occur throughout the year in some southern and mountain regions.


AIRNow Web site provides daily air quality reports for many areas. These reports use the

Air Quality Index (or AQI) to tell you how clean or polluted the air is. EnviroFlash, a free service,

can alert you via email when your local air quality is a concern. Sign up at


For more information on ground-level ozone, health and the environment, visit:

Ozone and Your Health (PDF)

This short, colorful pamphlet tells who is at risk from exposure to

ozone, what health effects are caused by ozone, and simple measures that can be taken to

reduce health risk.

Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby (PDF)

Ozone acts as a protective layer high above the

earth, but it can be harmful to breathe. This publication provides basic information about

ground-level and high-altitude ozone.

Smog – Who Does it Hurt? (PDF)

This 8-page booklet provides more detailed information than

“Ozone and Your Health” about ozone health effects and how to avoid them.

Summertime Safety: Keeping Kids Safe from Sun and Smog (PDF)

This document discusses

summer health hazards that pertain particularly to children and includes information about

EPA’s Air Quality Index and UV Index tools.

Air Quality Criteria Document for Ozone

This comprehensive assessment of scientific data

about the health and environmental

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