Air Data Report 2016

One of the most critical responsibilities of the Air Quality Division is monitoring Oklahoma's Air Quality.

This report makes monitoring information available to the public in a consistent form that helps Oklahomans become more aware of the air they breathe.

Criteria Pollutants

This report covers the six criteria pollutants associated with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Carbon Monoxide Nitrogen Dioxide Ozone Lead Particulate Matter Particulate Matter Sulfur Dioxide

DEQ Air Quality Monitoring

The monitoring unit measures criteria air pollutant concentrations at several sites across Oklahoma. This report includes data from 26 sites.

Edmond Site 1037 monitors CO, O3, SO2, PM10, and PM2.5. This site records some of the highest ozone concentrations in Oklahoma because prevailing south winds carry emissions from Oklahoma City traffic and industry.

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set ambient air quality standards for pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. They are called “criteria pollutants” because of the criteria developed to limit their emission. The primary standards provide public health protection, and the secondary standards provide public welfare protection against poor visibility and damage to crops, vegetation, and buildings.

Each NAAQS defines the maximum permissible concentrations for criteria pollutants. The standards are periodically revised by EPA to take into account new health research. The primary standard must be adequate to protect at-risk groups like children, those with lung diseases, and the elderly.

Pollutant Standard Averaging Time Level Form
Carbon Monoxide Primary 8-hour 9 ppm Not to be exceeded more than once per year
1-hour 35 ppm
Lead Primary and Secondary Rolling
3 month average
0.15 μg/m3 Not to be exceeded
Nitrogen Dioxide Primary 1-hour 100 ppb 98th percentile (3 yr avg)
Primary and Secondary Annual 53 ppb Annual mean
Ozone Primary and Secondary 8-hour 0.070 ppm Annual 4th-highest daily max
8-hr concentration (3 yr avg)
Particulate Matter PM10 Primary and Secondary 24-hour 150 μg/m3 Not to be exceeded more than once per year (3 yr avg)
PM2.5 Primary Annual 12 μg/m3 Annual mean (3 yr avg)
Secondary Annual 15 μg/m3 Annual mean (3 yr avg)
Primary and Secondary 24-hour 35 μg/m3 98th percentile (3 yr avg)
Sulfur Dioxide Primary 1-hour 75 ppb 99th percentile of 1-hour daily max concentrations (3 yr avg)
Secondary 3-hour 0.5 ppm Not to be exceeded more than once per year