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Air Quality Today
Today is NOT an Ozone Action day!
Southeast Michigan’s 20th Ozone Action season ended on September 30, 2013
Thank you for all you did in support of clean air in Southeast Michigan during the 2013 Ozone Action Season. The unusually wet and cool weather reduced the number of Ozone Action days to just three (compared to 30 in 2012).
Those interested in air quality and other regional issues in Southeast Michigan are encouraged to follow SEMCOG on social media - like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! We will use these pages to keep Southeast Michigan residents up-to-speed on a variety of topics related to air quality.
Residents wishing to be added to SEMCOG's Ozone Action e-mail notification list should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; put “notification” in the subject line and include name, phone number(s), and e-mail in the body of the e-mail.
Also, during summer 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially redesignated Southeast Michigan as an “attainment” area for the national fine particulate air quality standards. The region had been designated “nonattainment” for the annual fine particulate standard in 2005 and for a new 24-hour standard in 2009.
“This redesignation is important for multiple reasons,” noted SEMCOG Exectuive Director Paul Tait. "First and foremost, it acknowledges the improved air quality in Southeast Michigan. That is a quality-of-life issue for residents. In addition, it gives a boost to our local economy by removing several regulatory requirements that made it harder for certain types of businesses to locate or expand in the region. It is clearly a win-win situation all around.”