Air Quality en Air Quality Shapes Public Health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3" style="line-height: normal;">S</font><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">tronger emission controls in North Carolina are closely associated with declining death rates from respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, according to a Duke University study released this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37832 at Air Quality Shapes Public Health Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health <p>Duke University researchers have found a connection between state and federal air pollution restrictions and improved public health in North Carolina.</p><p>Duke Surgery Professor H. Kim Lyerly and his team evaluated disparate data from air quality monitoring stations and health statistics between 1993 and 2010. Lyerly said air quality improved, and so did respiratory health.</p><p>Accounting for seasonal changes and an overall drop in smoking, Lyerley said annual emphysema-related deaths dropped from 12-per-100,000 people, to five. Asthma and pneumonia-related deaths decreased, too.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37564 at Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health 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 Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change Hearings On Proposed Changes To 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 Hearings On Proposed Changes To Air Rules