Having clean air that allows all residents to safely enjoy outdoor activity is a crucial component of our quality of life. However, ensuring that the air quality in the Upstate of South Carolina is safe and within standards set by the Federal Clean Air Act is not just important to our physical health, but also to our regional economic vitality. This issue is not limited to particular cities or counties, but an issue facing all areas within our region.
Upstate at a Crossroads
The Upstate is at a critical crossroads in relation to air quality attainment. Ozone monitors within the region are barely compliant with current federal standards and those standards are scheduled to be reviewed and likely strengthened in 2013.
If the region were deemed out of attainment, it would not only be a negative from a public health standpoint, but the stricter requirements for businesses looking to come to the region or expand current operations would likely stifle economic and job growth. It also would restrict how the region can use federal transportation funding and potentially force additional federal regulations on all residents within the region.
Read an overview of what could happen if the Upstate is out of attainment.
Clean Air Upstate Tips
Learn more about how little things can help to keep the Upstate air clean! Read the Upstate Clean Air Tips!
Everyone Can Make a Difference
There are many factors that impact air quality in the Upstate. Some over which we have some control, and others over which we have little control. For the Upstate to ensure we maintain air quality levels that provide for our physical health and allow us to maintain economic vitality, the key is for all of us to support those actions over which we have control and that can make a difference. Below is a link to the regional air quality pledge as well as to a list of actions and strategies that can be done by Individuals, Businesses & Institutions and Local Governments to help ensure we are all doing our part to maintain clean air in the Upstate.
Test Your Knowledge: Air Quality Games
Clean Air Upstate Partners: