Twin Cities Air Becoming Dangerously Dirty
Today the American Lung Association released its State of the Air 2012 Report . The report found Twin Cities air quality could be dirty enough to violate federal health standards. Specifically, Ramsey County got an “F” for the first time. This summer Twin Cities air quality could reach levels considered unhealthy by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Look at the full state report card.
That could lead to more health problems for Twin Cities residents and more hospitalizations for heart attacks, asthma and other lung disorders that can be triggered by the higher amounts of microscopic particles such as soot from leaf blowers, generators, diesel trucks, auto shops, light industry and, most of all, cars.
Yikes! There is a silver lining to this smog, however – since cars are the largest contributor, that means everyone who owns a car has a chance to help our air quality by ditching the car at least once a week!