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New Jersey Meets Key EPA Air Pollution Standards

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
August 21, 2013

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State officials announced today that New Jersey has met federal air pollution health standards for the first time.

All 21 counties in New Jersey are in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for fine particles, the greatest health risk of all air pollutants. Exposure to these particles can affect lung function and worsen health conditions like asthma and heart disease. Chris Salmi, with the New Jersey Division of Air Quality, says there are many sources of air pollution throughout the state, and improving air quality is an ongoing process.

“We do have the challenge of meeting the ozone or smog health standard, and all of New Jersey currently and most of the east coast, currently does not meet that standard so we still have a lot more work to do.”

Salmi says there are several steps being taken to further reduce air pollution including new clean air technology in power plants and a pilot program to reduce diesel emissions from trucks and commuter buses.

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