Georgia Air Quality
Air Pollution in Georgia
2009 Report: Georgia EPD: The State of Georgia's Environment
2009 Report: American Lung Association State of the Air 2009
non- attainment areas in Georgia
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Parts of Georgia have been designated by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as "non-attainment" areas for ozone and particle pollution. This means that the air does not meet federal air quality standards for these pollutants and can be unhealthy to breathe.
Smog is mainly composed of ground-level ozone and particle pollution.
- Ground-level Ozone is formed when volatile organic compounds (fumes from fuels, paints, solvents and vegetation) combine with nitrogen oxides (formed during the burning process) in the presence of heat and sunlight. It can cause inflammation to the lungs and cause permanent damage, even at very low levels. Ozone is a summer-time pollutant.
- Particle pollution, also called particulate matter, is a mixture of microscopic solids and liquid droplets suspended in the air. The particles are the result of a variety of sources, including diesel trucks, power plants, burning and industrial processes. Particles are extremely small - thirty can fit in the diameter of a human hair. Exposure to particle pollution can harm your lungs and your heart, especially in children and elderly citizens. Particle pollution is a year-round pollutant.
The exhaust from diesel fuel-powered vehicles is one of the most visible forms of air pollution. There is evidence that the buses and trucks contribute to our problem with both ozone and particle pollution. Off -road construction equipment contributes as well.
The Ambient Monitoring Program in the Air Protection Branch of GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD) maintains a statewide monitoring network that measure the concentrations of six air pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and ozone. You may view the data from these monitors by visiting the web site.
Staff from the Ambient Monitoring Program also issue a daily smog alert to let you know if the air quality is going to be unhealthy. The Clean Air Campaign manages the distribution of these alerts. Sign up with the Clean Air Campaign to receive the smog alerts at http://www.cleanaircampaign.org/Take-Action/Sign-up-for-Smog-Alerts.
For more air quality information and ways you can help solve the problems, see links below: