When our air is clean and healthy our communities and ecosystems thrive. Air quality is impacted by many factors including industry and transportation, as well as some natural factors such as dust storms. Although we all breathe air, it doesn't mean that all air is equal. Areas located near factories and high traffic areas like rail-yards have much worse air quality than other areas. Oftentimes our communities who are marginalized are most vulnerable to high levels of air pollution.
Air Quality In Tennessee
Air pollution in Tennessee varies across the state; topography, weather patterns, and land use practices impact air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency measures fine particulate matter under 2.5 microns to gauge our air quality. These small particles are roughly 1/13 the diameter of a human hair and when inhaled may cause serious health problems. Individuals who have underlying health issues are more vulnerable to air pollution. The United Health Foundation found that the average fine particulate matter is 7.4 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter, which is below the national average and within EPA guidelines.