The air we breathe is directly impacted by daily living choices such as how we travel, where our energy comes from, and actions in our own backyards. While air quality has improved dramatically since passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, there continue to be health and environmental consequences of poor air quality such as asthma and acid rain. Follow resources below to learn more about air pollution and actions you can take to improve air quality.
- Air – Get the Facts
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has information about commonly asked questions about the air in the Commonwealth.
- Criteria Air Pollutants
A few common air pollutants are found all over the United States (sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter or PM). These pollutants can injure health, harm the environment and cause property damage. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Air Quality Monitoring takes the lead on monitoring these pollutants in Virginia.
- Improving Public Health and the Environment for Local Communities is just a click away
This EPA website features dozens of projects that local communities can do to help make the air cleaner and healthier to breathe. The website also features activities for reducing both indoor and outdoor pollution, including diesel engine retrofit programs, improving air quality in local schools, and pollution prevention options for small businesses. These projects have a successful track record; they were previously put into action by state and local governments across the country. This site includes information about the costs to establish and maintain each project, and how local communities can apply for EPA grants to kick-start their activities.