The Southern Utah Public Health Department and the City of St. George have combined efforts to measure and set air quality standards to avoid involvement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ), reports The Spectrum.
"It behooves us to stay in compliance rather than wait to have the EPA come in an tell us how we're going to get back into compliance," David Blodgett, director of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, told the news source.
By combining resources, efforts and funding to prevent a decline in air quality, the agencies are more likely to avoid future mass decline in community health. Poor air quality is linked to compromising the immune system, reduced lung function, negatively impacting those with pre-existing cardiovascular or lung diseases and other respiratory conditions such as asthma.
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