The Air Quality Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is using a new format to tell the story of its work to monitor for lead near Mueller Brass Company in Port Huron.
In its first story map, AQD is combining interactive maps, photos and text to provide an update on what EGLE and the company are doing to make sure lead emissions levels comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead.
"Protecting public health is fundamental to the work EGLE staff performs," says AQD Division Director Mary Ann Dolehanty. "When AQD staff first became aware of increasing lead emissions from Mueller Industries, they committed themselves to investigating the situation, working with local health officials to bring about community awareness of the problem, and ultimately resolving the issue through pollution control upgrades at the facility.
"As a result of EGLE's investigation and collaboration with the local health department, lead emissions from the facility were greatly reduced and the Port Huron community has benefited from cleaner air."
The story map approach to communicating has been used by other EGLE divisions and by other State of Michigan departments as well.