Minnesota’s Air Quality Grades Remain High
(April 24, 2019) - ST. PAUL, Minn.
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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 (2015-2017) of air quality data collected by the state and verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Compared to last year’s report, one county saw better grades for particle pollution in this year’s report: Olmsted County moved from a “C” to a “B” grade. The only other county to earn less than an “A” or “B” grade was Ramsey County, whose “C” grade for particle pollution was unchanged from last year’s report. The grades for ozone pollution were generally good: “A” marks for Becker, Crow Wing, Goodhue, Hennepin, Lake, Mille Lacs, Olmsted, Scott, St. Louis, Stearns, and Washington counties; “B” grades for Anoka, Carlton, Lyon, and Wright counties.
The entire report can be found at www.StateOfTheAir.org
“As a physician and pediatrician, preventing illness and promoting health is the goal of my work,” said Gail Brottman, MD, director of pediatric pulmonary medicine at Hennepin Healthcare. “Lung health is an important component to a good quality of life, especially for children who need to be able to be active and attend school to develop into healthy productive adults.”
The report comes as the Minnesota legislature considers a bill that would set a 100 percent clean energy goal. Minnesota has already met its current target of 25 percent clean energy by the year 2015. The state has also made strides in cleaner transportation fuels, becoming the first in the nation to require a 20 percent biodiesel blend during warm weather months, and the first state with more than 400 stations offering the cleaner-burning ethanol fuel E85. There are more than 6,000 electric vehicles registered in Minnesota, and 326 public electric vehicle charging stations in the state.
Vehicle emissions are the single largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases in the state, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
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