Bill would prod EPA to upgrade air monitoring systems

By Sean Reilly | 05/08/2024 06:52 AM EDT

An audit found the agency’s current systems outdated and plagued with difficulties.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).

Legislation from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) seeks to improve EPA's air quality monitoring and public information work. Francis Chung/POLITICO

EPA would have to take a significant stride toward modernizing two aging air quality management systems under a bill introduced Monday by Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly.

H.R. 8250 would require EPA to pursue and document an “operational analysis” of the current performance of its Air Quality System and AirNow.

The two systems are used to keep tabs on outdoor air monitoring data for regulatory purposes and to provide information on pollution levels to the public.


The agency would then have to assemble a business case for a replacement information technology system and report the findings to Congress.