Arvin Air Quality Project

The Arvin Air Quality Project is being conducted on behalf of the Central California Environmental Justice Network to provide air quality monitoring and raise public awareness around the city of Arvin, California. Arvin was ranked by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2007 to have the worst ozone air pollution levels in the country. The Arvin Air Quality Project involves the deployment of air quality monitoring sensors that for two years will be continuously monitoring for particulate matter of the 10 micrometer and 2.5 micrometer size (PM10 and PM2.5), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and total volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The air quality data from the sensors will be transmitted to a website where it will be mapped, analyzed, and available to the public in real-time. The project also involves several community engagement meetings, blog updates on the website, and bi-annual reports to communicate the air quality sensor network data and any potential health risks due to poor air quality.



A snapshot of a video showing holding tanks on oil field property near the Arvin High School venting volatile organic compounds (VOC). The video was taken during September 2016 by the Central California Environmental Justice Network using an infrared camera.