State environmental officials want to close down an air quality monitor in coastal Brunswick.
An environmental watchdog says, the proposal is ill-conceived.
The monitor is a small box that captures air and tests it for the pollutant sulfur dioxide.
More than 60 counties around the state have monitors like it.
Daniel Parsley of the Glynn Environmental Coalition says, shutting it down doesn't make sense.
"It's been very helpful determining what's causing unhealthful air in our community," Parshley says. "The Environmental Protection Division needs this data so they can issue permits that are protective of the health and the environment of the community."
The state's top air quality official says, he needs the monitor elsewhere and doesn't have the money to keep one in Brunswick.
The official, James "Jac" Capp of the EPD's Air Quality Branch, says he doesn't have any choice based on rules from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
"EPA's requirements for locating sulfur dioxide monitors are based on a combination of population multiplied by emissions," Capp says. "The Brunswick area scored low in terms of population times emissions."
Capps says, he plans to move the monitor either to Atlanta or Augusta in 2013.
His decision, however, is subject to an ongoing public comment period.