Clean Air Minnesota

Minnesota is fortunate to have generally good air quality that has improved over the last decade for most pollutants. However, despite voluntary emission reduction efforts, improved technologies, and cleaner air, there is uncertainty about whether Minnesota will remain in compliance with federal air quality standards. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets health-based air quality standards for fine particulate matter and ground level ozone, two pollutants linked to numerous respiratory and cardiovascular problems. As research continues, negative health effects are being observed at even lower concentrations of air pollution.  Because of this, federal air quality standards are predicted to become stricter over time.

ABOUT CLEAN AIR MINNESOTA

Clean Air Minnesota is a diverse coalition of air quality leaders convened by Environmental Initiative who are working voluntarily and proactively to reduce air pollution. 

The overarching goal of Clean Air Minnesota is to reduce man-made sources of fine particulate matter (soot) and ground level ozone (smog) by 10%. 

To meet this goal, Clean Air Minnesota partners are working to:

  • Identify and prioritize strategies to reduce air pollution.
  • Develop, fund, and implement projects to improve air quality.
  • Track emissions reductions achieved and share outcomes with the wider community on a regular basis.
  • More information on Clean Air Minnesota's goals and methods can be viewed here.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the majority of the air pollutants of concern today come from smaller, widespread sources that are not regulated in the way power plants and factories are. These smaller sources include cars, trucks, construction equipment, residential wood burning and residential garbage burning. 

These sources contribute nearly 75 percent of air pollution emissions in the state.

Clean Air Minnesota partners are working to reduce emissions from mobile sources, small businesses, and wood smoke. Through the teams, partners coordinate, collaborate, and develop specific projects to reduce emissions from Minnesota’s smaller, widespread, and less regulated sources of air pollution. 

Teams meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, with full meetings of the Clean Air Minnesota partnership occurring in March, June, September, and December of each calendar year. A full schedule of Clean Air Minnesota meetings is available here. 

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • Sign up for regular email updates to get the latest on air quality and voluntary emission reduction efforts here
  • Join a Clean Air Minnesota team to help identify proactive ways to reduce emissions.
  • Get the latest air quality forecasts by signing up for air alerts from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 
  • Learn about ways you can improve air quality for you and your business.

Contact Bill Droessler at 612-334-3388 ext. 8105 with comments or questions.