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Minneapolis will deploy air pollution monitors with grant from Biden administration

Red Lake Nation to receive $67,500 to buy an air monitor and test for ground-level ozone


November 4, 2022

Jerry Holt, Star Tribune file

Minneapolis will expand its air monitoring program with a new EPA grant. The now-shuttered Northern Metal Recycling metal shredder, seen here in 2015, brought widespread attention to air pollution in poor neighborhoods.

The Environmental Protection Agency will funnel more than $50 million into expanding air monitoring in communities struggling with pollution, including about $411,000 for Minneapolis.

The city will use the money to expand an existing air-monitoring program and focus on its green zones, where residents have faced the combination of environmental pollution and racial segregation.

In all, money will fund 132 projects proposed across the country, including 19 in states bordering the Mississippi River. Officials and advocates said building out community monitoring will help give residents a clearer picture of what's in the air they breathe.


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