Division of Air Quality http://wunc.org en Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change http://wunc.org/post/groups-protest-proposed-air-toxins-change <p>A bill passed in the General Assembly last year could ease environmental restrictions on some industries including paper mills and power plants that are sources of air pollution.</p><p>If approved by state agencies, the measure would allow those industries to comply only with federal regulations and bypass separate state air toxins rules created in 1989. Environmental and community groups hope to stop the plan from going forward.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:37:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 22815 at http://wunc.org Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change Hearings On Proposed Changes To Air Rules http://wunc.org/post/hearings-proposed-changes-air-rules <p>There are public hearings on proposed changes to auto emissions tests and toxic air pollutant rules this week in Raleigh.</p><p>A bill that passed the legislature would exempt cars and light-duty trucks from their first three years of auto emissions tests. Right now cars and trucks are exempt only during their first year. That hearing is Wednesday evening. And another hearing is scheduled for Thursday on a bill that would change the state's rules for controlling toxic air pollutants.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 22661 at http://wunc.org Hearings On Proposed Changes To Air Rules Study Shows How Trees Help CREATE Smog http://wunc.org/post/study-shows-how-trees-help-create-smog <p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/04/03/1221150110.full.pdf+html?sid=21f79de9-13e0-42de-95fb-fc1c73e69e20">A new study</a> from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has revealed exactly how trees play a role in smog production. The question has been a source of scientific uncertainty for years, and the findings are a milestone in air pollution research, with potentially significant implications for public health.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 14342 at http://wunc.org Study Shows How Trees Help CREATE Smog Greensboro Air Quality Improving, But Still Receives F-rating http://wunc.org/post/greensboro-air-quality-improving-still-receives-f-rating <p>The American Lung Association’s annual <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/assets/ala-sota-2013.pdf">State of the Air report</a> is out, and it slots Greensboro as the 42nd most polluted metro area in the county.&nbsp; The city received an F-rating.</p><p>Laura-Kate Bender, who worked on the report, says the news wasn’t all bad.<br><br>"Despite getting an ‘F,' the area actually got its lowest overall number of smog days," she says. "So even though it received a failing grade, it’s a significant improvement over last year." Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:37:17 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 14240 at http://wunc.org Greensboro Air Quality Improving, But Still Receives F-rating Ready For Pollen Season? Here’s What You Should Know http://wunc.org/post/ready-pollen-season-here-s-what-you-should-know <p>It’s April, and the scent of flowers is in the air. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, those flowers also mean that it’s pollen season.&nbsp; North Carolina pollen counts have been mostly low so far this year, but in the past couple days the count has risen dramatically.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:15:00 +0000 Laura Candler 13366 at http://wunc.org Ready For Pollen Season? Here’s What You Should Know Ozone Levels Lower http://wunc.org/post/ozone-levels-lower <p>State health officials say fewer emissions from cars and industrial buildings cut down on air pollution this year. The annual ozone season officially ends today. There were 26 days in which ozone exceeded healthy levels. That's well below the 10-year average of 41 days. Division of Air Quality spokesman Tom Mather says recent numbers are lower despite back-to-back hot and dry summers.<br> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7291 at http://wunc.org Schools Adopt Air Quality Flag System http://wunc.org/post/schools-adopt-air-quality-flag-system <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">More schools around the state are flying color-coded flags to let students and staff know about poor air quality conditions. The flags correspond with the Air Quality Index. Health officials say people with breathing sensitivities should be careful on code orange, red, or purple days. Allison Davis with the E-P-A says the Triangle usually gets several code orange days each summer.</p> Sat, 07 May 2011 13:10:00 +0000 WUNC News 8846 at http://wunc.org UNC Research Points To New Ozone Standard http://wunc.org/post/unc-research-points-new-ozone-standard <p></p><p>On warm days like today, pollution in the air can produce excess ozone near the ground. And air quality officials often issue ozone alerts - warning people with breathing problems to reduce activity or stay indoors.&nbsp; But new research from UNC indicates the current acceptable ozone levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency might actually be too high.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 9277 at http://wunc.org UNC Research Points To New Ozone Standard