This is national Air Quality Awareness Week, so in recognition of that, Ecology’s Air Quality Program is offering a look this week at some key Washington air issues.
CarsMany of us love driving our cars or at least see them as a valuable tool for everyday living. But motor vehicles also are a major source of air pollution.
At Ecology, we’re working on a number of air quality issues linked to automobiles. Here are some:
- Emissions testing is required in specific areas around the state. This reduces air pollution by identifying the most polluting vehicles and requiring proper repairs.
- Dealers must sell “clean cars” in Washington to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
- If you drive, you can save money and reduce pollution by properly maintaining your vehicle’s engine.
- We’re exploring the possible use of low-carbon fuels.
In addition, the Washington State Department of Transportation is working on air quality issues – check out what WSDOT is doing.
Next up: Ecology and DNR are teaming up on an innovative project that reduces dangers from wildfires and smoke pollution.