December 23, 2004
Fine particle pollution represents one of the most significant barriers to clean air facing our nation today. These tiny particles, about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair, lodge deep in our lungs, and have been associated with heart attacks, chronic bronchitis, and asthma attacks, said Fredriksson.
Fredriksson said, since 1999,
the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has
conducted extensive air quality monitoring throughout Alaska.
"Our findings helped EPA issue a clean bill of health for
this dangerous air pollutant. From rural dust to cruise
ship emissions, DEC continues to work to protect Alaska's air
quality and the health of all Alaskans. This national recognition
indicates our efforts are working."
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