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Memphis air pollution programs suffer

The Commercial Appeal reports that 2012 was one of Memphis' smoggiest summers in years, and local air pollution programs remain in turmoil. Despite the record-high pollution levels reported within the city, air quality programs are under strain.

The City Council voted in August 2012 to cut the current $2.7 million inspection program after June 30 to reduce strain on an already tight budget. However, Shelby County could take up the slack and impose a new measuring strategy.

One new plan proposes that Shelby and Memphis residents who own a vehicle should pay a nominal $10 fee to have their vehicles inspected for emissions. However, this is just one proposal out of many.

For Memphis and Shelby County residents, the idea of living with long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution is concerning. Poor air quality has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and respiratory distress. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier will reduce the presence of harmful toxins within a house.

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