A design value is a statistic that describes the air quality status of a given location relative to the level of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
- Design values are defined to be consistent with the individual NAAQS as described in CFR Part 50.
- Design values are typically used to designate and classify nonattainment areas, as well as to assess progress towards meeting the NAAQS. To view a list of areas designated nonattainment, see EPA's Green Book site.
- Design values are computed and published annually by EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and reviewed in conjunction with the EPA Regional Offices. Some of these design values can change after the date of publication for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: 1) EPA agreement that certain data were influenced by exceptional events and therefore not subject for comparison with the NAAQS, 2) States retroactively entering or changing erroneous data based on later findings, and/or 3) notification of a monitoring issue (e.g. network design, site combination, change in the regulatory status of a monitor) that would prompt a revision.
- The information listed in these reports and in these tables is intended for informational use only and does not constitute a regulatory determination by EPA as whether an area has attained a NAAQS. The information set forth in this report has no regulatory effect. To have regulatory effect, a final EPA determination as to whether an area has attained a NAAQS or attained a NAAQS as of its applicable attainment date can be accomplished only after rulemaking that provides an opportunity for notice and comment. No such determination for regulatory purposes exists in the absence of such rulemaking. This report does not constitute a proposed or final rulemaking.
2012 Design Value Reports
|PM2.5 Detailed Information (XLSX, 3.01MB) - Updated on December 12, 2013||Adam Reff
|PM10 Detailed Information (XLSX, 1.1MB)||David Mintz
|Ozone Detailed Information (XLSX, 593k) - Updated on February 7, 2014||Ben Wells
|Carbon Monoxide Detailed Information (XLSX, 261k) - Updated on October 22, 2013||Rich Scheffe
|Sulfur Dioxide Detailed Information (XLSX, 405k)||Doug Solomon
|Nitrogen Dioxide Detailed Information (XLSX, 252k) - Updated on October 22, 2013
|Lead Detailed Information (XLSX, 387k)||Halil Cakir