Midlands Air Quality
Air quality is
important to our human and economic health. With the Midlands region
threatened by “nonattainment” status, it has become paramount that
proactive measures be taken for improving air quality and ensuring
attainment with current and future national ambient air quality
standards. This situation creates an ideal opportunity for the
diverse stakeholders of the Midlands region to collaborate and
formulate a regional action plan; hence, the development of the
Midlands Air Quality Forum.
The Midlands Air
was established by the Central Midlands COG to serve as a
collaborative effort to reduce ground-level ozone and other forms of
air pollution across the Central Midlands Region. Participation in
the Forum presents an ideal opportunity for all stakeholders across
the region to take proactive steps toward improving air quality,
regardless of any designation by U.S. EPA for air pollution
standards. Failure to act now could lead to serious public health
and economic challenges. Poor air quality not only worsens existing
respiratory problems, but also contributes to heart disease, lung
cancer and premature death. Possible economic ramifications include
the inability of municipalities to recruit new industries and limit
the amount of funding available for major transportation projects.
leadership in taking a cooperative, proactive approach will help to
protect the health and quality of life of the many 500,000-plus
citizens that live, work, and play in the Midlands.
information about the state of air quality in the Midlands, refer to
the Midlands Air Quality Report (2007).
View the Midlands Air Quality Report