The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Michigan environmental offices more than $660,000 in grants to improve state air quality.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is receiving $616,944 to maintain its particulate-matter air-monitoring network, collect samples and perform analysis to determine PM2.5 levels across the state.

The department also is receiving $43,119 to continue to operate a National Air Toxics Station site to collect ambient air toxics measurements in Dearborn, the EPA reported.

“Controlling and monitoring particulate matter and air toxics pollution is not only important for public health, but essential for maintaining air quality,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp in a statement. “Once awarded, grants like these are an example of how we can work together with states and municipalities to make significant investments and progress in cleaning up the air.”



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