Local Air Quality

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Clean air is essential for a healthy environment, economy, and communities. The air quality has improved over the last 30 years due to the Clean Air Act, groups, and individuals making a difference.

However, as science evolves we know that we must continue to fight for clean air for our families and communities. 

Local air quality is impacted by many sources of pollution including diesel engines, power plants, factories, out-of-area pollution blown in, airplanes, trains, and outdoor wood-fired boilers

Two major health threats are ground-level ozone pollution (smog) and particulate matter 2.5 (soot). 

Smog is formed when volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides mix in the long, hot days of summer. When smog is formed an air quality alert is issued by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

This means residents should limit their outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. 

  • Empower the individual to reduce their exposure to diesel exhaust as well as ozone pollution;
  • Educating fleets on the importance of no-idling policies and emission controls;
  • Fighting for funding for cleanup programs;
  • Partnering with non-profits, business, and metropolitan planning organizations to reduce harmful pollution;
  • Commenting on regulations and rules that the U.S. EPA proposes under the Clean Air Act.

You can also visit the Partners for Clean Air website for more about clean air solutions for Central Ohio.