PPACG is the lead air-quality planning agency for the Colorado Springs metropolitan area which includes most of El Paso County and a portion of Teller County, primarily within Woodland Park. We’re charged with ensuring the region remains in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards, developing plans to improve air quality, and reviewing any legal or regulatory changes to evaluate potential impacts to the region.
We ensure compliance with the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six criteria pollutants:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Particle Matter
- Sulfur Dioxide
The region is designated a maintenance area for carbon monoxide and is in attainment for the other five criteria pollutants. The region has four air-quality monitoring stations: two for ozone, one for particulate matter, and one for carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide. There are no monitoring stations for lead or nitrogen dioxide.