District businesses selling food or alcohol are required to charge $.05 for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Find out about DC's Bag Law.
Air Quality Monitoring and Assessment
The Monitoring and Assessment Branch (MAB) is a collection of scientists, technicians and specialists who measure pollutants in the District's ambient air on a regular basis. MAB professionals are responsible for the following:
A 24-hour ambient air monitoring network keeps track of pollutant levels in the District's air. Our staff operates and maintains five different monitoring stations and pollutant-specific equipment, collects samples, conducts monitoring studies, and reports data to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
We track air quality trends over time and report them to EPA. We also provide real time air quality conditions (air quality forecasts, advisories, and Air Quality Index) to the public on a regular basis.
DDOE staff conducts performance audits and program monitoring to measure how effectively the Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Program controls pollution.
Even though air quality is improving throughout the region, the standard for measuring ozone has become more stringent. On March 12, 2008, EPA revised its Air Quality Index (AQI) for ozone to reflect these changes. As a result, District residents may notice more Code Red and Code Orange days than in previous years.