Air pollution a problem in the Grand Valley

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It's officially fall which means winter weather is just around the corner. If you recall last year during the winter months much of the valley was covered in an inversion.

On Monday night, a community discussion on air quality was held at City Hall. Last winter the valley broke a record for the area with 11 days of national air quality standard violations.

This was due to high levels of particulates and pollutants in the air that got trapped and caused by an inversion. The inversion is caused by pollution from cars and fireplaces that are trapped and have no place to go. The poor air quality can lead to health issues, which has people concerned.

“I'm concerned about future generations that are going to be breathing the air from the environment that we leave them when we're gone," says Dave Devanney, who lives in Garfield County.

The federal regulations for pollutants in the air is 35 micrograms per 24 hours averaged over a 3 year time period, according to Ed Brotsky, air quality specialist with the Mesa County Health Department.

If the valley reaches that mark, then federal authorities may mandate regulations for the valley. One such regulation can be mandatory vehicle emissions testing.

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