Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)Contact: Air Quality Related Issues: Tracey McDonald, 517-284-6756Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Nitrogen dioxide is formed during combustion processes that create extremely high temperatures such as those that result from burning coal, oil, and gas fuels, and from burning fuels in motor vehicle engines. Nitrogen oxides are necessary for the formation of ground level ozone and can contribute to acid rain. The human respiratory system is susceptible to effects caused by exposure to nitrogen dioxide. Asthmatics are particularly sensitive to these effects.
Monitoring results show that ambient nitrogen dioxide levels have remained near the 0.02 parts per million (ppm) level since 1992, which is less than one-half of the standard. Michigan has never recorded a violation of the nitrogen dioxide standard. Michigan has been in attainment for nitrogen dioxide since March 3, 1978.
DEQ Documents and Resources
- EPA NO2 Designations Letter to Michigan's Governor (January 2012)
- EPA NO2 NAAQS 120-Day Letter to Michigan (June 2011)
- Michigan Designation Recommendation to EPA (September 2009)
- Nitrogen Dioxide Attainment Map
- Nitrogen Dioxide Monitoring Map
- Nitrogen Dioxide Real-Time Data
- Request Additional Historical AQD Documents
USEPA Links and Other Resources