FRIDAY: Air Quality Awareness Week: Air Quality Trends (Part 2)

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FRIDAY: Air Quality Awareness Week: Air Quality Trends (Part 2)

Educate: In 2016, air quality monitors in Cheyenne and Casper recorded annual PM2.5 concentrations of 12.8 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) and 11.0 µg/m3, respectively. The annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for PM2.5 is 35.0 µg/m3. That places Cheyenne and Casper – the only two Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the State of Wyoming – at roughly one-third of the allowable federal standard for PM2.5! 

Enact: Wyoming is fortunate to have some of the cleanest air in the nation, and the Wyoming Air Quality Division works with industry, other agencies, and the public to make sure it stays that way. 

Empower: Small actions can make a big difference, whether it means sharing a ride with someone, mowing the lawn in the early evening, or having properly inflated tires. Taking these kinds of steps can go a long way in maintaining or improving air quality no matter where you are. More tips on reducing pollution can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency’s site:  https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/reducepollution.html. 

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