- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public.

Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 to help implement those plans. After a year, they can qualify for up to $10,000 more.

An EPA news release Thursday said 22 communities entered the Smart City Air Challenge .

The agency gave honorable mentions to New York; Mesa County, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Baltimore plans to set out a network of 300 ozone and nitrogen sensors, and put the data onto the city’s website.

Lafayette’s consolidated government proposed a partnership between a university, local government and a nongovernment organization to set out 300 sensors for ozone and particulate matter.

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