Air Quality Index
The average person breathes more than 3,000 gallons of air each day. The quality of the air affects how we live and breathe, especially if you are a child,older adult or anyone with a heart condition or lung disease, like asthma. Sign up for EnviroFlash alerts to get daily updates on air quality at www.enviroflash.info. This will help you know when and how to plan to protect yourself on unhealthy days. EnviroFlash is a free service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Palm Beach County Health Department Air Pollution Control Program.
More Air Quality Information
The Department of Health Palm Beach County collects data from several sites around the county including Belle Glade. Our data is available on Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) web site and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web site. The AQI values for Palm Beach County’s data can be found in these links.
Please note that all Department of Health Palm Beach County sites are vetted and approved to meet EPA’s criteria to achieve the overall objective of the Clean Air Act. Each site is assessed regularly each year to ensure that they meet the requirements. The Florida Network Plan gives a broad overview of the Florida air monitoring network.
Our air program is responsible for assuring good air quality for the community through many regulatory and non-regulatory programs, including:
Conducting inspections and enforcing air pollution regulations.
Encouraging effective growth management programs, including transportation planning, that help to minimize air pollution.
Investigating air pollution complaints.
Promoting pollution prevention and conservation.
Technical assistance to residents reporting indoor air pollution.
Control of open burning.
Molds and Moisture.
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County's air program has been in operation for over 25 years. The challenge facing air quality for the new millennium will be met by continuing working partnerships with government officials, and with business, community, and citizen groups.