The Denver Post has cited a recent study brought in by the EPA about the city of Denver’s air quality. According to the Federal records, the last two years Denver has had hazardous air pollution levels at an elevated state for more than 260 days a year (Finely, 2020). These records prove that the Denver metro area is among the top 10 worst U.S. cities for air quality.
This study draws concern for all residents, especially ones who are sensitive to the bad air quality – people with asthma, children, elderly, etc. Medical research have drawn links between air pollution and prevalence of chronic inflammation and dementia. Even more, the current climate is said to only intensify over the years according to claims of climate warming/change. This is due to scientists stating, “heat speeds the formation of ground-level ozone and boosts the frequency and severity of wildfires, which in turn, infuse more particles into smog.” (Finely, 2020).
The EPA has had a recent reclassification of Colorado’s AQI Level (Air Quality Index Levels) as a “serious” violator compels state officials to adopt stricter measures and reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that lead to the formation of ozone. The oil and gas industry has become a leading source of these hazardous VOCs, along with people who drive vehicles that burn gasoline. Hopefully, with this reclassification, Denver can move to make a stronger impact on the concern affecting it’s denizens.
Finely, B. (Jan. 30, 2020). Denver among top 10 worst U.S. cities for hazardous air pollution, 2 new studies say. Denver Post. Retrieved from https://www.denverpost.com/2020/01/30/denver-air-pollution-worst-cities/?trk_msg=V3272EHTV5U432OUOBOOBV10VS&trk_contact=IKFGJQMNHPH3SJ8EIJOO1OTCBC&trk_sid=LRCM7KV6MVH2HUOHUD0LMP43L0&utm_email=A4CD940954DB94B50490351393&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.denverpost.com%2f2020%2f01%2f30%2fdenver-air-pollution-worst-cities%2f&utm_campaign=denver-mile-high-roundup&utm_content=manual. Accessed Feb. 1, 2020.