Clean Air And Air Pollution

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Air pollution has been a growing concern in the New England area over the past few decades. Air pollution can come from many different sources including stationary sources like factories and power plants, mobile sources like vehicles, agricultural sources found from gassy animals and their waste products, as well as natural sources like wildfires, dust storms and other natural occurrences. Various cities around New England have identified the sources that are contributing to the air pollution problem, and are engaging in reducing carbon and air pollution in order to try to improve air quality. The American Lung Association’s 2016 state of the air report found that New Hampshire’s Rockingham County was the only county to get failing grades for …show more content…
(EPA, 2016). In 1970 Congress passed the Clean Air Act, which basically allowed the government to step in and start to clean up the air pollution problems. Congress then formed the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, which was tasked with creating and enforcing the laws. In 1990, the Clean Air Act was updated, giving the EPA even more control to create and hold others accountable for their actions. The Clean Air Act was the first solution to this now growing problem and hopes to reduce outdoor or ambient pollutants that cause smog, haze, and other problems, reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants that have been proven to cause cancer and other serious health problems, and also to get rid of the production and use of chemicals that may hurt the ozone layer. (EPA, …show more content…
The author’s purpose in writing this article was to speak about the results of a study looking to prove that air pollution might be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation in young, normally healthy adults. The research was done in Provo, Utah using blood samples from 72 healthy, non-smoking adults who averaged 23 years old, and lasted for 3 years between 2013 and 2015. The study was looking for air pollutant component known as PM 2.5 which are normally found in power plants, car exhaust, smoking and fires. As the air pollution levels rose, the scientists found that these micro-particles also increased, indicating that the air was now compromising the health of even young, healthy

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