Air Quality Matters!

RAPCA measures air quality with an extensive network of air quality monitors. Monitor locations are determined using criteria set by U.S.EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

The data from these monitors is used to calculate the Air Quality Index (AQI).  The AQI uses a simple color coded system (Green, Yellow, Orange and Red) to report daily air quality and focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.  

RAPCA issues AQI forecasts each day so if you’re interested in receiving these forecasts, or want to learn more about the AQI, please visit U.S. EPA’s Enviroflash website.  RAPCA’s air quality data is also used to determine whether our air meets U.S. EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

If you’re interested in learning more about our area’s designation status, please visit Ohio EPA's Attainment Designations page.

Beginning in 2016, RAPCA and Waste Management began a canister sampling project near the Stony Hollow landfill in Dayton.  In May 2017, RAPCA expanded the sampling with a community monitoring project.


Site Pollutant(s) Location County
8 PM10* Moraine - Fire Station Montgomery
48 CO Dayton – Reibold Building Montgomery
49 Ozone Dayton – Eastwood MetroPark Montgomery
50 PM2.5 Dayton – Sinclair Community College Montgomery
611 Ozone | SO2 Enon – Spangler Road Clark
615 Ozone | PM2.5 New Paris – National Trails High School (NCORE Site) Preble
616 Ozone Springfield – Urbana Road Clark
619 Ozone Casstown – Miami East High School Miami
620 PM2.5 | PM10 Yellow Springs - Government Center Greene
621 PM2.5 Springfield – Fire Station Clark
6x Ozone Xenia – Government Center Greene

* RAPCA was granted permission from U.S. EPA to stop monitoring for lead at Site 8 at the end of 2016.  RAPCA began sampling at this location in late 2011 and since sampling began, lead levels have shown to be less than 10% of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard, therefore eligible for cessation.  

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RAPCA and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) are helping schools, businesses and communities improve local air quality by becoming Idle-Free.

Idle-Free Campaign support materials are available at no cost to schools, libraries, day care centers, municipalities and businesses in Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties.

Call us at (937) 225-4435 or Contact Us to request your free kit.


What is Idling?

Idling is running an engine while the vehicle is parked or not in use. The most common reasons for vehicle idling include:

  • Warming up the car
  • Waiting to pick someone up
  • Running an errand

Why is Idling a Problem?

Wastes Money

An idling vehicle gets the worst gas mileage possible – 0 miles per gallon - and wastes between a quarter and three-quarters of a gallon of fuel per hour. Idling for as little as 10 minutes a day over the course of a year can waste as much as 45 gallons of fuel. Excessive idling can also damage a car's engine components and lead to costly repairs. Car manufacturers recommend no more than 30 seconds of idling to warm your car before driving, even in cold weather conditions.

Pollutes Our Air

Like driving, an idling vehicle releases harmful emissions into the air. Vehicle exhaust contains a variety of pollutants including nitrogen oxides(NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce ground-level ozone when mixed with sunlight and warmer temperatures.

Harms Our Health

Pollution from motor vehicles can cause a variety of health problems especially for sensitive populations - people with heart and lung disease, children and the eldery.

Exposure to particulate matter - tiny particles of soot and dust in air - can decrease lung function, exacerbate cardiovascular problems and lead to chronic bronchitis. Ground-level ozone and NOx can cause or worsen respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.

How Can You Reduce Idling

  • Turn off your car and be idle-free
  • Carpool
  • Avoid using your remote starter
  • Drive off to warm up your vehicle - if you must warm up your car, idle for only 30 seconds and then drive off.
  • Combine your errands into one trip

Effective January 1, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health’s asbestos program will be transferred to the Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control. To learn about the upcoming changes and implementation of the new notification submittal process for RAPCA’s 6-county area, please view the document below. pdf RAPCA Asbestos Outreach (195 KB)

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries, including the building and construction industries for roofing, fireproofing, sound absorption and thermal system insulation.  Asbestos has also been used in other building materials such as ceiling and floor tiles, adhesives, leveling compounds, drywall joint compound, plaster, pipe insulation, and cement board siding and shingles.

People may be exposed to asbestos if asbestos containing products are disturbed and tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems, including cancer.

RAPCA enforces federal, state, and local asbestos regulations to protect the public from asbestos fibers that may become airborne if strict adherence to regulations is not followed when a building is being renovated or demolished.

Owners and/or contractors are required to comply with asbestos regulations. Before any type of renovation or demolition project is to begin, you must determine if it is subject to the asbestos regulations.

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Common Questions

Is my project subject to asbestos regulations?

Your project is subject to the asbestos regulations if either one of the following conditions applies:

  1. Your structure is considered a facility, as defined by Ohio Administrative Code Rule (OAC) 3745-20-01(B)(18), and meets the definition of a “renovation” or “demolition” activity, as defined by OAC 3745-20-01(B)(13) and (44), OR
  2. Your project is subject to the pdf Montgomery County Asbestos Regulations (7.87 MB)  (Rule 150), which includes smaller buildings, including residential structures with 50 feet or more of regulated asbestos containing materials. Please use the pdf residential flow chart (238 KB)  to determine applicability of structures within Montgomery County.

What do I need to do if my project is subject to the asbestos regulations?

If your project is subject to the asbestos regulations, you are required to do three things:

  1. Have a thorough asbestos survey performed on the facility by a licensed asbestos hazard evaluation specialist (AHES).
  2. Submit a Notification of Demolition and Renovation form to Ohio EPA electronically using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center or a hard copy can be mailed to Ohio EPA at the following address:

    Asbestos Program
    Ohio EPA, DAPC
    P.O. Box 1049
    Columbus, OH 43216-1049

    Electronic notifications will be issued an Ohio EPA notification number at the time of submittal while hard copy notifications will not be given a notification number until they are received and process by Ohio EPA Central Office staff.

    Local fees apply to all projects located within Montgomery County (view Local Fee Schedule- link to fee schedule pdf). Local fees can be paid by check or credit card. Checks can be mailed, or hand delivered, to the address below. Be sure to include a hard copy of the notification. If the notification was submitted electronically, include the Ohio EPA notification number. If a hard copy notification was mailed to Ohio EPA, RAPCA will add the notification number upon processing at Ohio EPA.

    Attn: Asbestos Fees
    117 S. Main Street
    Dayton, OH 45422

    Credit card payment can be made online or by calling RAPCA directly and pay over the phone. Credit card payments require an Ohio EPA notification number and are subject to an additional 4.5% charge.

    Notification forms are required to be submitted at least ten (10) working days prior to the start of any asbestos abatement or demolition activities.


  3. Have all regulated asbestos removal projects performed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Please note that notification is required for the demolition of a facility even if no asbestos is present.

Special Notice: In November, 2010, RAPCA pdf issued a letter (65 KB) clarifying the regulations regarding demolition of multiple residential structures for urban renewal projects.

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