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Proposed compressor station could negatively impact air quality in Pennsylvania

A proposed compressor station in Frazer, could add further air quality issues to the state of Pennsylvania. With 385 stations already in place, the machinery used to compress and move gas through pipelines releases air pollutants that compound the state's demanding ozone problem, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"By itself, this compressor station is a relatively, truly minor source of pollution," Jim Thompson, manager of Allegheny County's Air Quality Program, which is studying a permit application for a compressor station in Frazer, told the news source. "That's the whole problem with Marcellus shale. By themselves, they're relatively insignificant. But when you put them all together, then you may have a very large effect."

Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides mix with the atmosphere and create irritants that can damage lung tissue and lead to respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners concerned about the effects of air pollutants may wish to invest in the IQ Air GC MultiGas. Home air purifiers such as this one control chemicals and gases present in a house to improve the overall air quality of the space. 

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