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Why is Air Quality Important?

Air Quality and Your Health

Mesa County Health Department is committed to maintaining and improving the health of Mesa County residents. There are many health concerns associated with air pollution. Breathing polluted air can cause your eyes and nose to burn, irritate the throat and make it difficult to breathe. Air pollution can be particularly bothersome to individuals who suffer from asthma, heart disease and respiratory infections. Pollutants like tiny airborne particles, called Particulate matter (PM), and ground level ozone can trigger respiratory infections, especially for people who already suffer from asthma. Toxic chemicals released into the air have been linked to cancer, birth defects, long term lung disease and brain and nerve damage.

Air Quality and the Environment

Air Quality isn’t just a threat to human health, but also the health of trees, crops, wildlife, and aquatic life. Toxic chemicals released into the air can react to form acid rain and destroy our protective ozone layer. Carbon emissions and “greenhouse” gases trap warm air near the earth leading to climate change. According to the National Research Council, “climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for - and in many cases is already affecting - a broad range of human and natural systems.”

Air Quality and the Economy

Economic welfare and growth improves when we have clean air. Clean air means fewer air pollution related illnesses leading to lower health care costs and less work absenteeism. If/when EPA thresholds for clean air regulations are exceeded, corporations and businesses will be limited and may accrue additional regulatory expenses. As most pollution is related to vehicle exhaust, costly measures may be taken to ensure vehicles are inspected and meet regulations for emissions.

Contact Us

Air Quality Specialist: 970-248-6966

Pre-recorded information line: 970-248-6990

Email: aq.mchd@mesacounty.us

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