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The Importance of Entering Data into AQS: A Tribal Perspective. Mary Fauci Nez Perce Tribe. Requirements vs. Sovereignty. Some grants from EPA Regions require AQS data submission Some tribes feel data might be used negatively against them Sensitive information

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The importance of entering data into aqs a tribal perspective

The Importance of

Entering Data into AQS:

A Tribal Perspective

Mary Fauci

Nez Perce Tribe


Requirements vs sovereignty
Requirements vs. Sovereignty

  • Some grants from EPA Regions require AQS data submission

  • Some tribes feel data might be used negatively against them

    • Sensitive information

  • Sovereign right not to upload? FOIA issues?

  • Generally, tribes don’t have issues with data uploads


Requirements vs sovereignty cont
Requirements vs. Sovereignty (cont.)

  • Some states or contractors upload data for tribes

  • Tribes generally want the data displayed as tribal data

    • “Tribal” monitor code in AQS

    • Tribal code rather than state and county code


Why submit data to aqs
Why submit data to AQS?

  • Supports tribal capacity

  • Instant report generation

  • Creates awareness that tribes are involved and concerned with air quality

  • Promotes partnerships with adjacent agencies (states, other tribes, air quality districts, etc.)

  • Allows for data sharing


Why submit data to aqs cont
Why submit data to AQS? (cont.)

  • Assists with agency air quality modeling activities (national, regional and local)

  • Data analysis can determine if other types of monitoring needed for tribal areas

  • Assists with TIP development

  • Tribal-specific data can be queried

  • Gives tribes tools to participate in regional and state planning activities


Airdata http www epa gov airdata
AirData http://www.epa.gov/airdata/


Tribal aqs codes
Tribal AQS Codes

  • Unique “FIPS Style” identifier for each tribe

  • Should be effective for inter-tribal consortia as well

  • Tribes may want to utilize specific coding system

    • “Tribal” monitor code


Yearly aqs data certification
Yearly AQS Data Certification

  • Part 58 Regulations require that each data reporting agency provide their prior year state, tribal, local air monitoring stations data certification to EPA by May 1, 20XX. This certification process informs EPA that

    • Previous year's data completely entered into AQS

    • Raw data is correct and accurate

    • All data was collected following all QA/QC procedures specified in appendix A


Yearly certification cont
Yearly Certification (cont.)

Two yearly reports required (plus certification letter)

  • AMP450 report (Quick Look Summary)

  • AMP255 report (Precision and Bias Quality Indicator Summary)

  • These are standard reports in AQS, to be discussed in class

  • Yearly Data Certification Letters and reports sent to

    David Lutz (cc the EPA Regional AQS person/office also)

    Data Certification Contact

    US EPA

    M/S C304-06

    109 TW Alexander Dr.

    Research Triangle Park, NC 27705

    Email: Lutz.David@epa.gov