Minnesota Earns Passing Grades In Air Quality Report Card
(April 18, 2018) -
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The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air Report gives Minnesota generally good grades for air quality. The report looked at three years (2014-2016) of air quality data collected by the state and verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Compared to last year’s report, two counties saw better grades for ozone in this year’s report: Lyon County moved from a “C” to a “B” grade and Scott County moved from a “B” to an “A” score. For particulate pollution, four counties saw poorer grades: Dakota County, a “B” from an “A,” Olmsted County, a “C” from a “B,” Washington County, a “C” from a “B,” and Wright County, a “B” from an “A.”
The entire report can be found at stateoftheair.org.
The report comes as Minnesota is posed to make a significant move to reduce air pollution associated with diesel vehicles. On May 1, virtually all diesel fuel sold in the state will contain a twenty percent biodiesel blend known as B20. The switch to B20 is expected to significantly reduce particulate pollution from older diesel vehicles during the warm weather months.
Minnesota has also seen growth in the number of retail stations offering cleaner-burning ethanol blends such as E85 and E15. There are an estimated 6,000+ electric vehicles in the state, and public electric vehicle charging stations are becoming more common.
Vehicle emissions are the single largest source of air pollution in the state, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
About the American Lung Association in Minnesota The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.