The Blue Ridge I-70 air monitoring station, adjacent to Interstate 70, was selected as the near-road air monitoring site in Kansas City based on analysis of traffic count data and evaluation of sites that could meet air monitoring siting criteria. The Blue Ridge I-70 site began operation in July 2013. Near-road monitoring in the Kansas City area is required by the 2010 rule revising the NO2 standard and the 2011 rule continuing the CO standard, because motor vehicles are significant sources of NO2 and CO emissions. Airborne particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and black carbon are also measured and reported hourly at the Blue Ridge I-70 site. 


Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide has no color, taste or odor. It comes from the incomplete combustion of fuels with carbon, such as oil, coal, wood, gasoline and natural gas. Vehicle emissions account for the largest source. Breathing air with high concentrations of CO can result in multiple health effects.

Since 1971, EPA has maintained two standards for carbon monoxide. The eight-hour standard stands at nine parts per million, and the one-hour standard stands at 35 parts per million. If design values are at or below the standard, then an area is in compliance. Design values correspond to an annual average of eight-hour concentrations and one-hour concentrations. 

Departmental information about carbon monoxide (CO)

  • 1971 standard and related document

Nitrogen Dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide is a foul-smelling gas. It comes primarily from the burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas. NO2combines with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight and heat to create ozone. (VOCs are compounds with carbon that easily become vapors or gases.)

In 2010, EPA revised the one-hour NO2 standard to 100 parts per billion. An area is in compliance if the design value is at or below the standard. The one-hour standard is based on a three-year design value, which is calculated by taking the 98th percentile of the daily high one-hour average concentrations recorded each year, for three years, and averaging the three years together. The annual standard of 0.053 parts per million is based on the annual arithmetic mean and is not to be exceeded.

Departmental information about nitrogen dioxide (NO2)

  • 2010 standard and related documents

Fine Particulate Matter (PM 2.5)

Departmental information about particulate matter (PM)

  • Description of two groups of particulate matter: PM2.5 and PM10
  • 1997, 2006 and 2012 standards for PM2.5 plus related documents
  • 2006 PM10 standard and pertinent documents
Blue Ridge I-70 Near Road Air Monitoring Site

4018 Harvard Lane
Kansas City, MO 64133
United States

Date Established
Pollutants Monitored
Carbon Monoxide
Nitrogen Dioxide
Particulate Matter
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