Clean Air Board takes on air quality: Sentinel News

February 26, 2010: Sentinel News

Clean Air Board takes on air quality

by Becca Gregg

Excerpt:

For members of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, the past decade has been about recognizing the health risks associated with being a transportation hub and secondly, doing something about it.

Formed in 2005, CAB came together to point out that the growth of the area’s trucking terminals near Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike came at a cost.

Over 100 of the county’s physicians signed a petition stating that there have been deteriorating health problems among area residents due to the poor air quality caused by increased truck traffic.

Since then, CAB has worked to raise awareness of air quality issues, monitoring the area’s air quality and advocating new policies and practices for clean air. Much of their work focuses on PM2.5, or particulate matter or soot, which they feel is polluting the air.

In addition to being the culprit behind a wide range of health problems, CAB says that pollutants can harm the environment as well.

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