DNR SAYS WISCONSIN’S AIR QUALITY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

Wisconsin residents are breathing cleaner air than they were 20 years ago according to a new DNR report. The report covered the state’s air quality over the last two decades. According to the annual report, concentrations of most pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act have been decreasing in all regions of the state.

Experts said Wisconsin continues to meet federal standards for particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead, meaning it’s either at or below the level of air pollutants that should not be exceeded during a specified time. Some may wonder how air quality can continue to improve when there have been multiple wildfires around the country and in neighboring Minnesota. Experts said it’s because the report has data trends through 2020, and this year’s wildfires are not factored in.

“The greatest reductions are a direct result of cleaner burning and more efficient fuel combustion from things like highway vehicles and electric utilities. Today’s cars and trucks are running a lot more efficiently and a lot cleaner than they were 20 years ago,” according to a public information specialist at the DNR.

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