The pollution problem

On njspotlight.com the Garden State has never met health quality standards on a federal level.

– When it comes to pollution its important to consider the different types, carbon dioxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, particle matter. In the case of New Jersey we are worst in regards of ground-level ozone pollution. (Read more here NJ air quality).

In New Jersey, contaminated air is almost inescapable. New Jersey has the worst air quality in the nation according to Patch.com

In the case of New Jersey we are worst in regards of ground-level ozone pollution. It is created by chemicals reactions between oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds under the sun. Inhaling ozone makes one more vulnerable to health complications mainly for kids and elderly and of course for those with lung disease and asthma. It also does harm to vegetation and ecosystems. Despite the improvement of air quality in New Jersey has progressed during the past but it still ranks as one of the worst in the country.

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-These counties have the worst ozone pollution in the country. (Read more here NJ air pollution )

  • Morris
  • Hunterdon
  • Essex
  • Monmouth
  • Gloucester
  • Middlesex
  • Ocean
  • Mercer
  • Camden
  • Bergen
  • Hudson

However, New Jersey is much better in regards of particle pollution also known as particulate matter. Particle pollution is a mixture of tiny particles and drops of components like soil, dirt, organic, chemicals, metals, sulfates, nitrates, and liquid compounds.

-The counties that are the best in New Jersey in regards of particle pollution.

  • Atlantic
  • Bergen
  • Gloucester
  • Middlesex
  • Morris
  • Passaic
  • Warren

Inhaling particle pollution also harms your lungs especially those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. It also increases the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, low birth weight for babies, and irritation in eyes and throat.

Ground-level ozone pollution is much worse because its due to the fact that its produced when emissions and pollutants mix together in the heat and light from the sun.

With the Trump administration things unfortunately could get worse. Trump rolled back protection for maintaining clean air in order to boost the manufacturing sector and roll back fuel emission standards. (Read more here northjersey.com)

 

 

 

 

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