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Air quality improving in Capital Region

Air quality in the Capital Region, a majority of the state and most of the nation is improving, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report.

The report measures ozone pollution, known as smog, and particle pollution, known as soot, from 2009, 2010 and 2011 levels compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency. Counties receive a grade based on year-round particle pollution levels and short-term ozone and particle pollution levels.

A full copy of the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report is available below.

“There were no counties in the Capital Region which had failing grades [for ozone pollution],” noted Michael Seilback, vice president of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

The Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam area was about at the middle of the pack when it came to smog levels in metropolitan areas measured for 2013. This was an improvement from 2012, however.

A full story on the latest report can be found HERE.

Seilback said the Capital Region’s improvements were in keeping with positive trends seen around the country, attributing it partially to power plant cleanups, cleaner diesel engines, cleaner gasoline, less reliance on coal power and an increase in natural gas use.

“All of those sources are contributing,” Seilback said.

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State of the Air 2013

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