The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or unhealthy your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing unhealthy air. The following chart provides information regarding the AQI determinations:
|Category||AQI Value||What This Means|
|Good||0-50||Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.|
|Moderate||51-100||Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.|
|Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||101-150||Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.|
|Unhealthy||151-200||Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.|
|Very Unhealthy||201-300||Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.|
|Hazardous||301-500||Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.|
Any questions about interpreting this monitoring data should be directed to the DEQ Customer Services Section at 1-866-896-5337.
TO REPORT ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, INCLUDING ODORS, CONTACT THE DEQ SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT (SPOC) - 225-219-3640 or Toll Free 1-888-763-5424. In the event of an environmental emergency, citizens are encouraged to first contact their local authorities - police, sheriff, fire department, etc. Otherwise citizens and the regulated community can contact the SPOC line to report environmental concerns during business hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the number listed above. To report a concern outside of business hours call 225-342-1234 or the toll free number. Concerns include spills, releases, odors, fish kills, open burning, waste tires and any other types of environmental incidents. Citizens can report the incident online.
The data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.