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  • Federal officials want to reduce air pollution around Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is a national landmark celebrated by thousands of visitors every year, and federal legislators are evaluating ways to reduce air pollution surrounding the area. According to the Arizona Republic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested the installation of a catalytic converter at a nearby coal-fired power plant to eliminate haze around the canyon.

    EPA officials noted that the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, is among the primary contributors to haziness at the landmark. Additionally, the station's emissions of nitrogen oxide affects all five southern Utah national parks and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

    With the catalytic converter in place, federal administrators stated that the device could significantly lower nitrogen oxide emissions and potentially reduce visible Grand Canyon haze by roughly one-third. EPA leaders noted that they would like to use the best technology available to enhance air quality in the region.

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  • Air quality in Montana county exceeds federal limits

    Officials in Missoula County, Montana, have issued warnings for residents about air quality concerns throughout the area. According to the Missoulian, state administrators reported that air quality levels exceeded national limits due to particulate matter on January 18, 2013.

    Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist, noted that she does not expect the county's air quality levels to improve soon.

    "The high pressure ridge parked over the Missoula Valley is unlikely to leave in the next several days," Coefield told the news source. "The high pressure ridge coupled with strong inversions means conditions will likely continue to deteriorate."

    Residents in Missoula County are encouraged to avoid nonessential driving and use public transportation if possible. Coefield stated that people with heart or lung disease, smokers, children and the elderly should limit prolonged exertion until air quality levels improve in the area.

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  • EPA invests in air pollution strategies in New Jersey and New York

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend $2.7 million to reduce air pollution from diesel engines in New Jersey and New York. EPA officials are targeting solutions to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter and improve air quality in both states.

    By helping two organizations replace several diesel engines, EPA administrators could eliminate the emissions of pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and heart disease. While diesel engines are durable, older models predate stricter air pollution standards. However, the EPA's investment may reduce air pollution from some of the more than 11 million older diesel engines that are still in use.

    "Older diesel engines generate significant amounts of air pollution that can make people sick," EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. "Replacing old polluting diesel engines reduces asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments."

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  • Air quality in Alabama is improving

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that air quality is getting better in Birmingham, Alabama. According to The Associated Press, EPA officials noted that air conditions in Birmingham and its surrounding areas are improving, thanks in part to state administrators' increased focus on eliminating pollution concerns.

    Several Alabama departments were required to enhance air quality that was compromised due to pollution issues that have affected local citizens for the past 30 years. The news source states that car exhaust, industrial emissions and soot from coal-fired power plants were among the problems that added particulate matter to the air. However, state officials have improved emissions and pollution enforcement to ensure that the area fully complies with federal regulations.

    EPA representatives said that three Alabama counties now meet various primary air quality standards. State administrators noted that they anticipate air quality levels will continue to improve as they search for new ways to lower pollution levels throughout the area.

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  • Colorado officials to evaluate air pollution from gas and oil companies

    In January 2013, Colorado administrators announced that they will launch a three-year evaluation of air pollution from local gas and oil activity. According to the Denver Business Journal, the study will examine the health effects of air pollution from gas and oil companies across the state, especially firms located on the northern Front Range.

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said that the state will spend $1.3 million to complete the study. Additionally, government officials noted that some of the evaluation resources would come from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Environmental Response Fund, which is managed by the gas and oil industry.

    Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, stated that the study could significantly help business owners and residents throughout the state.

    "We are working with all stakeholders to find the careful balance that protects the public and addresses legitimate concerns while ensuring that the oil and gas resources necessary to our economy can be safely developed," Urbina told the news source.

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  • Minnesota company penalized for emitting hazardous pollutants

    Superior Industries, a Minnesota company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of conveyor systems and components, received $20,000 in fines due to several pollution issues. According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency penalized the company for hazardous pollution emissions between 2001 and 2011

    The business consistently exceeded the amount of dangerous organic compounds it was allowed to produce under its permit. Company officials told the agency about its hazardous pollution emissions in December 2010, but continued their actions through January 2011.

    Agency officials found that many of the compounds produced by Superior Industries were carcinogens that could cause serious health problems. Additionally, agency leaders discovered that the firm had an emergency generator that was not listed on its inventory, and control equipment had not been properly installed on sandblasting machines.

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  • Minnesota officials control air pollution

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) administrators effectively managed numerous air pollutants over the past two years. According to Minnesota Public Radio News, these officials improved air quality in the Twin Cities by focusing on fine particle pollution.

    Recent MPCA data showed that the Twin Cities area averages roughly 10 air quality alerts in most years. However, there were only four such alerts in both 2011 and 2012.

    Air quality warnings are issued if pollutant levels are unhealthy for certain groups, including people who have respiratory problems. MPCA official Rich Strassman said that the recent reduction in the number of warnings is a positive sign for the state, but noted that the weather also impacted the agency's calculations.

    "We can probably attribute it to some fairly active weather in 2012, where the concentrations just didn't accumulate over multiple days like we've seen in the past," Strassman told the news source.

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  • Illinois official sues publishing firm due to air pollution concerns

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is attempting to reduce air pollution by examining the conditions surrounding a local printing plant. According to the Chicago Tribune, Madigan filed a lawsuit against Lake Book Manufacturing Inc. after the company installed 10 printing presses without construction permits.

    The printing presses are capable of emitting air pollutants, and Lake Book Manufacturing could be penalized up to $50,000 for each violation and an extra $10,000 for every day it illegally operated the units. Lake Book Manufacturing's printing machines could produce more than 25 tons of volatile organic materials per year.

    Madigan said that Lake Book Manufacturing did not submit annual emissions reports to the state's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1992 to 2010. Illinois EPA officials investigated the company's facility in November 2010 and found that the firm had not paid permit fees associated with the printing presses.

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  • EPA announces new air pollution standards for industrial boilers

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new regulations in regards to cement kilns, incinerators and industrial boilers on December 21, 2012. According to The New York Times, the standards focus on reducing acid gas, mercury and small-particle emissions across the country.

    Several officials with the National Association of Manufacturers noted that the compliance expenses associated with the rules could cost companies up to $14 billion. These administrators said that the additional EPA regulations may limit expansion opportunities for some businesses.

    However, the EPA estimates that air quality improvements to comply with the new regulations could cost manufacturers around $2 billion. The standards are also designed to give companies several years to comply to reduce the impact on employees and operations.

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  • Research shows air pollution is a significant global problem

    Recent statistics reflect air pollution's impact on people across the globe. According to Time Magazine, a December 2012 analysis published in Lancet showed that more than 3.2 million people suffered premature deaths due to air pollution in 2010.

    U.S. officials have instituted new policies and technologies to help reduce air pollution. The news source notes that urban air is cleaner in the United States and other developed nations than it was 30 to 40 years ago, thanks in part to an increased focus on air quality.  

    Additionally, computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, recently introduced a new smartphone app that could help safeguard Americans against air pollution. Gizmag reports that these researchers created a portable sensor that measures local concentrations of several harmful pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. The device wirelessly transmits data to users' smartphones, which enables them to evaluate the air quality in numerous locations.

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