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Air Quality Index for Minneapolis and the Surrounding Metro Area
Why This Is Important
Poor air quality contributes to health problems, such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease. Most air pollution comes from the use of fossil fuels, especially by cars and trucks. Air pollution also causes damage to our environment, harming lake ecosystems, trees and plants, and our climate.
What's Being Done
Minneapolis has set targets to reduce moderately unhealthy days in the city to fewer than 35 per year by 2015, and to reduce all monitored air toxins to levels within state health guidelines by 2015.
The City is working to achieve these targets by "greening" its own government services and developing policies and best practices that encourage the community to do its own part. Key efforts to improve air quality include:
About This Measure
Data for Minneapolis-only air quality do not exist; however there is an Air Quality Index for the metropolitan area. Air Quality Index information is from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Last updated Feb. 23, 2012
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