EPA, NOAA: May 2-May 6 is “Air Quality Awareness Week”

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The EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have dedicated this week to air quality awareness.

This comes on the heels of a year in which Iowa exceeded federal air quality standards at a record clip due to stricter criteria. Iowa’s violations more than doubled between 2009 and 2010, as IEF reported in January and the Des Moines Register reported on Saturday. Continue reading

IDNR asks legislature to help reduce air pollution


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To combat high levels of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) in Iowa’s air, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is recommending, among other responses, a ban on open burning of residential waste in all municipalities, reports Bettendorf.com.

The recommendations will likely meet major resistance from newly sworn in Governor Terry Branstad, who campaigned on promises of budget cuts and is averse to business regulation. Continue reading