Community air monitoring programs are vital for identifying pollution hotspots and protecting affected communities. They also play a crucial role in engaging citizens and supplementing data gathered by government agencies including, the EPA and the DEP.
HB 5018, an industry-backed bill, invalidates data collected by citizen air monitors, posing risks to environmental regulation and community health.
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You can also show your opposition at a public hearing this Friday, Feb. 2, from 9 to 10 am at the WV State Capitol (1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston) in the House Chambers. Citizens can attend the hearing in person, and you can sign up to speak starting at 8:30 am. We urge you to stand with us in opposing HB 5018 and demand the rejection of this detrimental bill. Capitol maps and directions can be found here. You can watch here if you can not attend but would like to listen in.
Citizen air monitoring fosters community engagement and awareness. By actively involving residents in the monitoring process, it empowers them with the knowledge to understand and address local environmental issues and helps them connect with their state regulatory agencies. This engagement can lead to informed decision-making, advocacy for improved air quality regulations, and community-driven initiatives to reduce pollution.
Tell House members to REJECT HB 5018 and protect community air monitoring.