NJ Targets Better Air Quality; Encourages State Residents To Join In That Effort

TRENTON — Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today marked the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week, from April 30-May 5, by stressing the importance of a combined effort by government and the public to improve air quality in our state.

“This is a priority issue for the Christie Administration which has moved forward on major initiatives to battle air pollution in our state and coming from neighboring states, while championing policies that promote the widespread development of renewable and clean energy — green, solar, wind energy — and greater use of cleaner natural gas,” said Martin.

“But we also need individuals to join the battle, to be mindful of how basic changes in their everyday routines can greatly improve air quality for everyone across our state, and improve public health and welfare in New Jersey,” added Martin.

Reducing air pollution can be achieved by everyone through simple and smart choices. Steps such as maintaining your car, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and reducing automobile trips can lessen the impact on the environment.

In declaring Air Quality Awareness Week, Gov. Chris Christie noted that public awareness is an important part in reducing air pollution.

Some tips on reducing air pollutants include:

  • Keep your vehicle maintenance up-to-date.
  • Obey state law by not idling your vehicle for more than three minutes and encourage your local government to enforce the law, as well as implement diesel reduction measures.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn off the air conditioner when you leave the house. It not only reduces pollution, but saves you money.
  • Buy clothing that doesn’t require dry cleaning.
  • Avoid cleaners, paints or pesticides that are reliant on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as gases that can persist in the air long after they are applied.
  • Check your local forecast using the Air Quality Index (AQI) at http://www.njaqinow.net. If it is an orange or red day, avoid using products with VOCs or mowing your lawn.
  • Burn only dry, well-seasoned hardwood, and avoid wood burning on bad air days.

For more tips and information, visit http://www.stopthesoot.org

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