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May 10, 2011

MADISON -- May is Clean Air Month and the state's top environmental official says it is an important time to celebrate the major steps that have been taken to improve the quality of the air in Wisconsin.

"Cleaner air is a tremendous benefit to families, businesses and government," Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said. "Our clean air and water are one of the reasons businesses and families want to be in Wisconsin and an important component of the high quality of life we enjoy here."

Public health officials and organizations say improving air quality is imperative for public safety. Chronic air pollution and high, peak levels of air pollution can cause acute health effects. There is growing recognition of health value of addressing air pollution, and accordingly, the technology to further reduce air pollution is rapidly developing.

The Clean Air Act, enacted in 1970 and amended in 1990, reshaped the way this country views clean air. Over the years, Wisconsin has had many success stories regarding air quality, including:

During the month of May, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be celebrating Clean Air Month. Highlights include:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Melby, (608) 264-8884

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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