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New story map looks at Air Quality Division's 2023 Year in Review

A new interactive story map -- EGLE's Air Quality Division Releases 2023 Year in Review -- takes you on a trip through the division's important work.

Air Quality Division staffers takes an air sample.

Air Quality Division staffer takes an air sample. 


The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Air Quality Division (AQD) staff work year-round to protect Michigan's air through activities such as air permitting, inspections, testing, modeling, and monitoring. The AQD staff works on evaluating toxic air contaminants, collecting emission information, and rule writing among other things.

“One of our goals is to get better every year. We cannot do that without learning from the past.  What happened in 2023 will shape how we work in 2024. We will prioritize the protection of public health and the environment by equitably applying our air quality rules and regulations. This would not be possible without our talented staff," says AQD Director Annette Switzer.

Metrics only tell part of EGLE's AQD story. The staff is diverse, and the work they do to protect the public is varied and complex. The numbers say a lot about that work, but it's the people doing it that continue to show their passion for upholding EGLE's mission to protect public health and the environment. Some 190 air quality staffers played a role in the metrics you will find in this year's story map and infographic.