Air pollution comes from many different sources, including cars, trucks, power plants, factories and manufacturing processes. Air pollution results in poor air quality, which can be detrimental to human health.
Air Quality Data
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors and sets health-based standards for air pollutants. On a daily basis, the EPA forecasts air quality using an Air Quality Index (AQI) and when the AQI is high, there’s greater risk of individuals experiencing health effects.
In Montgomery County and the Greater Philadelphia Region, there are approximately 20 days each year when the EPA health standards are not met.
You can see local air quality forecasts and today’s AQI at airqualitypartnership.org
Transportation and Air Quality
Regions that do not meet air quality standards (such as ours) must take action in order to comply with The Federal Clean Air Act and the transportation planning provisions. Transportation investment, strategies and programs must be consistent with air quality goals established in the State Plans for achieving National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission works with local municipalities, developers, The Partnership TMA, GVF TMA, and The DVRPC on long-range plans and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to achieve ‘Transportation Conformity’. The Partnership TMA manages a range of programs and services that support transportation alternatives to single occupancy vehicles (SOVs), since they are a significant source of air pollution in our area.
Poor Air Quality Affects You (and Everyone)
Children, seniors and anyone with a heart condition or respiratory conditions, such as asthma, are considered to be at greatest risk from poor air quality. However, even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms or develop serious health problems. Poor Air Quality effects everyone!
Actions to Improve Air Quality
Everyone can take action to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
Maintaining your vehicle, commuting smarter, saving energy at work and home – all make a difference!
On Air Quality Action Days, when the AQI gets into unhealthy ranges, you can take extra steps to protect yourself from harmful effects.
Air Quality Tip
Approximately 20 days each year, air quality in Montco does not meet EPA health standards. Everyone can take action to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
Maintaining your vehicle, commuting smarter, saving energy at work & home, and employers joining the Air Quality Partnership through the Partnership TMA of Montgomery County are simple steps to improve air quality.
Don’t let your vehicle run when you’re not driving. Idling wastes gas and pollutes the air.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Refuel your vehicle at the end of the day. Ozone levels are usually highest in mid-to-late afternoon.
The Partnership TMA of Montgomery County collaborates with 150+ public and private sector partners to:
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