By Freeholder Barrett Bellante
Every day we are exposed to contaminants from traffic exhaust, pesticides, and chemical fumes from industrial and manufacturing facilities. If left unchecked, these pollutants could accumulate in the air to levels that could affect our well-being and lead to future health problems like cancer, asthma and other lung diseases.
To ensure that our air quality remains at healthy levels, the Middlesex County Environmental Health Division administers an Air Pollution Program. This program follows standards that were put in place by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the County Environmental Health Act (CEHA) and was implemented on Dec. 6, 1982.
One of the program’s top priorities is to investigate individual complaints from residents and to prevent these issues from negatively impacting the county’s air quality. Complaints can include: open burning, foul or chemical odors, smoke, idling vehicles or particulate emissions.
In order to achieve the county’s ongoing goals of reducing pollutants and keeping the air safe and to ensure compliance with standards, the Air Pollution Program conducts daily inspections at many facilities throughout the county, including all fuel-burning equipment such as boilers, heaters, and emergency generators that burn natural gas, propane, kerosene, diesel or #2 fuel oil that are fired and rated at greater than one million btu/hr, auto body shops, and dry cleaning facilities.
The Middlesex County Air Pollution Program continually strives to monitor the air quality within all 25 municipalities and keep the air we breathe everyday, safe.
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