Albany, NY (WIBX) - The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for participants to take air samples in their communities.

The announcement follows the recent release of the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report.

Thanks to a $170,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the DEC's "Community Air Screen Program" will conduct air toxic tests in locations across the state.

Samples taken will test for several pollutants including benzene, a chemical compound found in gasoline, along with perchloroethylene (used in dry cleaning) and methylene chloride, found in solvents and paint strippers.

Those participating will use EPA approved equipment to collect air samples. In total, 60 samples will be taken during the year-long program.

Locations will be determined by meteorological information and proximity to high traffic or industrial areas.

To apply for the program, click here or call the DEC at (518) 402-8044.