The Air Quality Program includes the protection of the treaty rights, preserving the health and welfare of people of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes through monitoring of various proposed or existing facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) with respect to air quality impacts, and to monitor, inspect and permit air pollution sources on the Reservation.
The Air Quality Program was established in 1987. The two implementing air quality ordinances were passed in 1992 and 1993. Air Quality Staff operate the Environmental Monitoring Station (EMS) which is located across from the Tribal Museum Building, off of I-15 Exit 80. Tribal air quality staff operates a meteorological station, a radioactive tritium sampler, a Hi-Volume Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) air sampler, radio-iodine sampler, and a Hi-Volume PM 10 air sampler.
There is also a display board "kiosk" at this site that displays read-outs of the radiological and meteorology data for easy review by Tribal members and the public.
The data comes directly from the on-site meteorological tower and is updated every five minutes. A web-site is under construction which will also display the data: www.idahoop.org
Air Quality Staff operates particulate monitors (PM10 Hi-Vols), continuous air monitoring samplers (BAMS), operation of two Federal Reference Method (FRM) air samplers, and a meteorological station. Air Quality staff download these instrument data files to a computer and submits them to EPA.
No violations of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) were detected over the past year on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Program obtains most of its funding from the U.S. EPA, and DOE data verified and sent to the National EPA data-base.
Air Quality Conditions
Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Monitoring Site Air Quality Conditions
Statewide Air Quality Conditions - http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
Fort Hall, Idaho - 7 day forecast
Wildfire &Smoke Updates
Idaho Smoke Blog - http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/
Wildfire Updates - http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/
Link to the FMC real- time air monitors for Total Suspended Particulate (TSP): http://184.108.40.206/FMC%20Pocatello/index.html
Link to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes real- time air monitors for PM-2.5 and PM-10: http://trexwww55.ucc.nau.edu/cgi-bin/daily_summary.pl?cams=20
Particle Pollution (PM10) and (PM2.5) Particle pollution (also known as "particulate matter") in the air includes a mixture of solids and liquid droplets. Some particles are emitted directly; others are formed in the atmosphere when other pollutants react. Particles come in a wide range of sizes. Those less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) are so small that they can get into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems. Ten micrometers is smaller than the width of a single human hair.
Fine particles (PM2.5). Particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter are called "fine" particles. These particles are so small they can be detected only with an electron microscope. Sources of fine particles include all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, residential wood burning, forest fires, agricultural burning, and some industrial processes.
Coarse dust particles. Particles between 2.5 and 10 micrometers in diameter are referred to as "coarse." Sources of coarse particles include crushing or grinding operations, and dust stirred up by vehicles traveling on roads.
Total Suspended Particles (TSP) – all sized of particles in the air
Climate change is a problem that is affecting people and the environment.
Learn more about Climate change by following this link: epa.gov/climatechange/
Several American Indian and Alaska Native communities whose health, economic well-being, and cultural traditions depend upon the natural environment are taking steps to mitigate climate change.
Learn More about Tribes and Climate Change: www.epa.gov/tribal
For more information on particle pollution visit:
How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health
Particle Pollution and Your Health
EPA: Particulate Matter Website
EPA: Burn Wise Website