Day one of Air Quality Awareness Week


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Today marks the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week. For the first day of Air Quality Awareness Week, the EPA is increasing awareness of particle pollution.

Particle pollution refers to very small particles that can get into our lungs and cause heart and respiratory issues. Sources of particle pollution include fires, wood stoves, tailpipes, power plants, industries, cars, trucks and construction equipment.

The EPA will increase awareness about other air quality issues every day this week here.

Iowans curious about their community’s air pollution can monitor air quality here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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