Many Counties Reach Dangerous Soot Levels
Out of concern for the health of the general public, daily soot standards were made 50 percent tougher in 2006. However, the standard for yearly soot levels was largely being ignored at that time. There were almost a hundred million people living in areas that had yearly soot levels that were considered too high by the Environmental Protection Agency as of 2004. Since the list of offenders for the annual soot levels was not being disclosed, millions of Americans had been living in areas with unacceptable high soot levels.
The Environmental Protection Agency had reported that 46 metropolitan areas in the United States needed to clean their air. Millions of people living in those areas were breathing air that had become completely contaminated with soot. The air quality in those cities and counties was a violation of standards with regard to fine particle pollution from such sources as power plants, vehicle exhaust, and wood-burning stoves. Those standards had become stricter and were feeling the effects of the heightened limitations. The listed areas were required to develop plans that detailed a course of action to clean up the air and bring the regions within acceptable soot levels by 2015. Many of those areas were not typically associated with high levels of pollution and the announcement took the general public by surprise. Among the unexpected list of offenders were regions in states such as Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Wisconsin.
Soot or particle pollution is one of the deadliest forms of air pollution. It is comprised of a variety of pollutants, including chemicals, acids, metals, soils, and dust, which are suspended in the air after emission.
Several years ago the EPA reduced the acceptable levels of harmful fine particle pollution which include ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and lead. These pollutants known as PM2.5 or soot were reduced to a still unhealthy 12 micrograms per cubic meter, down from 15 micrograms. PM 2.5 has a profound effect on a person's health because it can easily become trapped in the human body.
Millions of people are breathing air that has become completely contaminated with soot. Our air quality from fine particles of pollution are from such sources as power plants, vehicle exhaust, and wood-burning stoves and fireplaces.
Prolonged exposure to air that has been contaminated by soot can cause respiratory problems including lung damage and asthma, especially in young children. While tiny soot particles in the air are difficult things to combat, there is a remedy that can offer families peace of mind when it comes to their indoor air quality: HEPA air purifiers.
HEPA air filters are specifically designed to target microscopic particles in the air and remove them before they can become a danger to you or your family. HEPA air purifiers are used in hospitals around the country and even by the government in a state of national emergency where the air has become contaminated. These powerful and specialized air filters purify 99.97% of all pollutants and particulates down to 0.3 microns in size from the air, including mold spores, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, bacteria and viruses.
If you are concerned about the soot levels in your area and want to protect your air and the air that your family breathes, use the most powerful weapon you have against soot. HEPA air purifiers will purify the air you breathe in your home and ensure a soot free and healthy lifestyle.
- Administration Staff