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Discrete Data Reports

Introduction

The Bureau of Air Quality uses "discrete" or manual method monitoring for two Criteria Pollutants - Lead and PM2.5. A discrete method is generally a "manual" method of sampling, most commonly using an air filter to trap air pollutants from ambient air for a defined, or "discrete," period of time. The filter is then removed from the collection site and analyzed in a DEP-accredited laboratory. PA DEP’s monitoring strategy generally requires the installation of monitors in areas under PA DEP’s jurisdiction having high population density and/or high levels of contaminants, based on EPA guidance and population information from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Monitoring data for discrete-method monitors are available below.

2018 Quarterly Data

Choose from the links below to get a report, by quarter, of the latest available 24-hour concentrations for the DEP's filter-based lead and PM2.5 data. Please note that concentration data for 2018 may undergo further QA/QC analyses before it is finalized by May 1, 2019.
Quarter PDF Summary
Jan–Mar Lead PM2.5
Apr–Jun Lead PM2.5
Jul–Sep Lead PM2.5
Oct–Dec Lead PM2.5

Concentration Data By Year

Choose from the links below to get a report, by year, of 24-hour concentrations for the DEP's filter-based lead, and PM2.5 data.
Year PDF Summary
2017 Lead PM2.5
2016 Lead PM2.5

Concentration Data By Year – Palmerton, PA

Choose from the links below to get a report, by year, of 24-hour concentrations for the DEP's filter-based criteria lead data at its Palmerton monitoring site. The Palmerton lead monitor began operating in July 2012
Year PDF Summary
2017 Lead  
2016 Lead  
2015 Lead  
2014 Lead  
2013 Lead  
2012 Lead