Why should communities plan for air quality in a state that has experienced relatively few exceedances of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health standards?
Because health standards are being strengthened due to mounting evidence that humans and the environment are impacted by pollution more than previously believed. Every voluntary action to reduce pollution keeps our communities’ air cleaner, which in turn contributes to a healthier place to live, both economically and environmentally.
The objectives are to:
- Provide recommendations on situations to avoid when siting new residences, schools, day care centers, playground, medical-related facilities, and industrial parks;
- Identify approaches that land use agencies can use to prevent or reduce potential air pollution impacts;
- Improve and facilitate access to air quality data and evaluation tools for land use decision-making;
- Encourage stronger collaboration between land use agencies and local and state air quality agencies to reduce community exposure to pollution impacts;
- Communicate air quality consequences in land use decision-making.
There’s no doubt that community leaders influence citizens. If they model good environment protection planning and practices, residents and businesses will follow their lead.