DATE: April 30, 2013
CONTACT: Monica Pognon, Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
CONTACT: Maribel Feliciano, Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
The American Lung Association released its 2013 State of the Air Report and Broward County received an A score for ozone and a B score for particle pollution. Broward County is listed as one of the top 25 cleanest areas in the United States for year-round particle pollution and for ozone.
The State of the Air 2013 Report looks at levels of ozone and particle pollution found in official monitoring sites across the United States, including Broward County, from 2009 through 2011. The report uses the most current quality-assured nationwide data available for these analyses.
Broward County’s Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division has had an impact on the County’s overall air quality through air monitoring, permitting, compliance, outreach and education.
The Air Quality Program operates and maintains a comprehensive network of air pollution monitoring stations throughout the County, monitoring for air pollutants that can cause harm to humans, animals and vegetation. Each monitoring site is strategically placed to represent population needs in Broward County. The Air Quality data gathered from these sites becomes part of the national Environmental Protection Agency air quality database. Broward County’s daily Air Quality Index is available 24/7 by calling 954-519-1280.
What You Can Do
Individual residents can do a great deal to help reduce air pollution outdoors. Simple but effective ways include:
• Use compact fluorescent or LED lights.
• Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or warmer when at home and 82 degrees when away from the house.
• Give your car a break and leave it at home.
• Shut down computers and electronics when not in use.
• Participate in Walk to Lunch Day on May 31.
For more tips on how to keep the air clean or learn about Broward County’s air monitoring program, visit broward.org/pollutionprevention or call 954-519-1260.