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  • Utah experiences 'red' air quality warning

    Depending on where they live, some Americans may be more subject than others to the occasional air quality alert warning for the region in which they live.

    Utah's Cache, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties received a "red" air quality warning on Friday by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, which will prohibit all wood and coal burning as well as encourage residents to carpool and reduce potentially harmful emissions in order to counteract the already dangerous pollution levels, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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  • New York's Air Quality Index improves over New Year's weekend

    New Yorkers and Americans everywhere have something besides last weekend's unseasonably warm temperatures to feel good about at the start of 2011 - the daily Air Quality Index (AQI), or Air Pollution Index (API), for New York City improved significantly over New Year's weekend, rising two levels following the AQI Standard.

    According to the U.K.'s Independent, New York's AQI went from being designated as "unhealthy for sensitive groups" on December 31st to the top rating of "good" on January 3, surpassing the "moderate" category.

    Mexico City was the one other location reported to have made such a transition, while San Francisco was the only other American city mentioned by the news source and remained at its rating of "moderate."

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  • EPA issues new greenhouse gas limits for power plants and refineries

    Many Americans are aware that you don't have to work at a power plant to be exposed to potentially harmful pollutants.

    Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be enforcing stricter emission limits for power plants and refineries under a revised provision of the Clean Air Act that was newly agreed upon by the Obama administration, the New York Times reports.

    The new standards will affect the plants and refineries that constitute 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the news source.

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  • Autism may be linked to freeway proximity

    Living near highly trafficked freeways may pose a health risk due to the increased pollutants in the air.

    A new study published on Thursday in the Environmental Health Perspectives found a link between proximity to freeways and increased risk for autism, according to US News and World Report.

    According to the findings, 600 children between the ages of 2 and 5 who grew up from birth within 1,000 feet of a freeway had a doubled incidence of autism, reports the news source. Researchers maintained that the findings had more to do with freeways than other heavily-trafficked routes, possibly due to the types and quantity of pollutants, which have been linked to autism before but never specifically the vehicular kind.

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  • Air quality suffers in Fairbanks, Alaska

    Most of us are already familiar with the effects of climate change on the atmosphere in general, but smaller-scale temperature fluxes that can occur independently of global warming are apparently harmful to air quality.

    Fairbanks, Alaska, recently released an air quality warning on Monday due to a temperature inversion, a process that occurs when warm air rises and traps cold air together with pollution on ground level, The Associated Press reports.

    The Fairbanks North Star Borough initially advised against any strenuous activity for the young and elderly as well as those with heart and lung issues, but then raised the advisory to include the general population after conditions got worse on Wednesday and were projected to last through Friday, according to the news source.

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  • EPA will wait to impose limits on smog and mercury

    Environmentalists and people around the world will have to wait for government agencies to regulate the spread of certain pollutants.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding off on creating new rules to curb smog and mercury after evaluating the proposal for nearly a year.

    Clean Air Watch president Frank O'Donnell called this "a bitter pill to swallow," though EPA spokespeople said they simply needed more time to ensure they would make the best decision, the Associated Press reports.

    "EPA is moving forward with a number of national rules that will significantly reduce [other] pollution and improve public health for all Americans," EPA spokesperson Brendan Gilfillan told the news source.

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  • San Diego's Miramar Landfill has high methane levels, violates operating standards

    Many people don't think about where waste goes after it leaves the curb, but landfills can be a potentially harmful source of pollution for nearby residents. San Diego's Miramar Landfill has been cited for 26 environmental violations and a breach of operating standards over the last two years due to its high methane levels.

    According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the city received 14 citations for high underground methane levels, while contractor Fortistar Methane Group had 12 violations for air pollution and was cited for failure to properly maintain equipment. The high number of infractions is likely to lead to harsher control measures and penalties for Fortistar, John Adams of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District told The Associated Press.

    "When there is a repeat problem, we consider taking it to another level - taking it to county counsel, considering an abatement order or other legal remedies that would bring about a better compliance rate," Adams told the AP.

    According to the news source, methane is a greenhouse gas that comes from decaying waste. Its strength makes it a serious public safety concern.

    While stricter regulations would help to ease the effects on air quality, those who wish to take matters into their own hands should consider purchasing a high-quality air purifier. FreshAirPro offers a full range of the highest quality air filters and cleaners available on the market.

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