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Ohio EPA reveals good news on Valley’s air quality

MARIETTA — “Representatives of Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency had some good news for Washington County and the Parkersburg-Marietta area during a public hearing at the county library Thursday.

‘We’re asking the U.S. EPA to recognize that Washington County has now attained the 1997 federal fine particulate standard, which is a good thing, as attainment can have an economic impact on the community,’ said Mary McCarron, spokesperson for OEPA.

…other local companies like Eramet work hard to reduce emissions to help meet the EPA standards.

A recent OEPA news release explained that air quality data from 2008 to 2010 shows improved air quality and indicates the metropolitan area will be able to maintain compliance with the fine particulate standard for the next 10 years.

“The data is based on computer modeling forecasts, emissions inventories, monitoring and reports that provide us with a look at what the future air quality will be in that area,” said Paul Braun, rules coordinator with the OEPA, who attended Thursday’s public meeting.

The U.S. EPA national fine particulate standard regulates tiny particulate matter, about one-thirtieth the diameter of a human hair, that can be breathed in and lodge inside the lungs.

Particulate matter has been associated with health issues like heart attacks, chronic bronchitis and asthma attacks, according to the EPA.”

— Sam Shawver, The Marietta Times

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