The entire State of Tennessee is now officially in compliance with federal air quality standards for particulate pollution. On August 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the designation of Anderson, Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Roane counties as meeting attainment.
“Today, Tennessee’s air is as clean as it has been since the beginning of the modern industrial era,” announced Governor Bill Haslam. “We are a state that protects the environment while growing our economy – it is not an ‘either, or’ scenario in Tennessee.”
For the past fifty years, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been diligently monitoring air quality and making efforts to diminish East Tennessee’s air pollution, which was a great public health concern. And now, for the first time since air quality began being monitored in the 1970s, the entire state of Tennessee has met air quality standards for smog and particulate matter.
While there have been many governmental and institutional efforts to reduce air pollution in Tennessee, TDEC affirms that an improved air quality was also achieved by the actions of communities and individuals to idle less, provide access to public transportation, drive electric vehicles, use cleaner fuels, and improve fuel efficiency. Here at TN Clean Fuels, we encourage everyone to keep up the good work so we can continue to breathe clean air!