Pikes Peak Region maintains par for air quality

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments published a report indicating that the region’s air quality meets current standards in every category.

“The report shows the area meets air quality standards for the six common air quality pollutants, known as criteria pollutants,” said Environmental Program Manager Rich Muzzy in a PPACG news release Wednesday.

The PPACG’s 2013 Air Quality in the Pikes Peak Region Monitoring and Trends Report indicates that the area around and including Colorado Springs allowable levels of carbon monoxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, lead and two varieties of particulate matter.

Of these, Muzzy said that ground-level ozone is of primary concern.

“The Environmental Protection Agency is considering revising the ozone standards in 2014,” he said in the release. “If the region fails to meet the new or existing regulatory limit for ozone or for any other criteria pollutant, PPACG may have to develop strategies to meet the new standard.”

The report also includes details pertaining to the sources, health effects, monitoring trends and reduction strategies of/for these pollutants since 2002.

The PPACG, which is the lead air quality planning agency in the region, also stated that as emissions fell to within federal standards for Colorado, the PPACG Board ended the vehicle emissions testing requirement.

To view the full report, visit www.ppacg.org.