Minnesota’s Air Pollution Grades Rebound In New Report
(April 19, 2017) -
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SAINT PAUL, MINN. – (April 19, 2017) – Minnesota earned largely “A” and “B” grades for air quality in the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released today. There were a smattering of “C” grades as well: Anoka County and Lyon County both earned a “C” for ozone pollution. Ramsey County also earned a “C” mark for particle pollution, down from a “B” last year. The grades for the 20 Minnesota counties with air monitors can be found at www.StateOfTheAir.org.
The State of the Air Report covers a three year period from 2013 to 2015, analyzing data collected at air quality monitors operated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Grades are determined by the number of air quality alerts for ozone or particle pollution that occurred during those three years.
In spite of the good grades, the American Lung Association report warns that recent proposals for rollbacks in federal regulations aimed at reducing emissions linked to global climate change and vehicle fuel efficiency have the potential to turn back progress in cleaning the air. “We have taken some important steps in Minnesota to increase the use of cleaner options to generate electricity and there is plenty of room to do more,” said Robert Moffitt, communications director for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. A proposal unveiled earlier this year by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and a bipartisan group of legislators would further expand Minnesota’s use of renewable energy by 2030.
“Minnesota needs to take more steps toward cleaner transportation options,” said Moffitt. “We should continue our national leadership with cleaner biofuels and catch up on electric vehicles. Not only do these vehicles reduce ozone and particle pollution formation, they further free us from our dependence on petroleum fuels.”
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