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By Bob Valen 

Do we really know our air quality?


Air quality alerts are common in many regions of the world. The United States experiences air quality alerts regularly too. The causes are wide ranging and many are seasonal in nature.

Of concern in our region is particle pollution. During the summer months, here in the west and northwest, air-quality culprits are primarily wildfires. During the winter months, in some areas, it’s home wood burning coupled with temperature inversions.

As an example, this past Aug. 6, much of the western United States, from Utah west, was affected by the many active wildfires creating an air quality issue o...

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