EPA Celebrates Air Quality Awareness Week May 4 – May 8, 2020
• Since 2000, fine particulate matter concentrations in the U.S. have dropped by roughly 40 percent.
• Since 1990, concentrations of sulfur dioxide have fallen by 80 percent in the U.S.
• Between 2000 and 2017, lead concentrations in the air fell in the U.S. by over 90 percent.
• For power plants covered by EPA’s program for cross-border ozone, nitrogen oxide emissions have dropped by over 20 percent – roughly 80,000 tons—just since the 2016 ozone season.
EPA works with a number of agencies to provide day-to-day air quality data as well as educational resources on air quality and health. Each day of Air Quality Awareness Week, the Air Quality Awareness Week website will highlight different resources related to the theme of “Better Air, Better Health:”
• Monday – Wildfires & Smoke
• Tuesday – Asthma & Your Health
• Wednesday – Where’s Your AQI Coming From?
• Thursday – Air Quality Around the World
• Friday – Air Quality Educational Resources
Learn more at: https://www.airnow.gov/aqaw/. EPA also invites teachers, families and students to visit the AirNow website homepage, follow @AirNow on Facebook or Twitter, and share how they celebrate AQAW using the hashtag #AQAW2020 or #EPAat50 on their social media.