Minnesota is fortunate to have generally good air quality that has improved over the last decade for most pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets health-based air quality standards for fine particulate matter and ground level ozone. These widespread pollutants have been linked to upper respiratory and cardiovascular health problems. As research continues, adverse effects have been observed at even lower pollution concentrations.
Despite voluntary emission reduction efforts, improved technologies, regulatory compliance, and cleaner air, there is uncertainty about whether Minnesota will remain in compliance with federal air quality standards, which are predicted to become more stringent over time.
Clean Air Minnesota Work Group members and other partners are working to:
Identify, evaluate, and prioritize strategies to reduce air pollution.
Develop, fund, and implement projects to improve air quality.
Track emissions reductions achieved and report those reductions to the wider community on a regular basis.
The goal of this effort is to translate ideas into air quality projects that yield measurable emissions reductions that will benefit our environment and the health of all Minnesotans.
Clean Air Minnesota also serves as the stakeholder group for Minnesota’s participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary Ozone and PM Advance Programs.
at 612-334-3388 ext.103 with comments or questions.