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Mayor Proclaims Air Quality Awareness Week in Allentown

Friday, May 7, 2010

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski today proclaimed May 3-7 Air Quality Awareness Week in Allentown at a ceremony at the Allentown Transportation Center at 6th & Linden streets. Pawlowski was joined by Mark Carmon of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Chris Cocca of the Air Quality Partnership of Lehigh Valley-Berks, Kevin Stewart of the American Lung Association and LANTA Assistant Executive Director Denis Meyers.

“Growing Greener is a priority in Allentown,” said the mayor. “We know that a greener city makes for better air quality. Last fall, I signed a Sustainability Partnership Agreement between the city and the EPA. The city’s goals are to reduce our energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions and our environmental footprint.”

According to Meyers, “About 1500 passengers a day use public transportation.” Meyers reported that LANTA is getting set to add five hybrid vehicles to its fleet that will greatly reduce vehicle emissions.

Stewart says the four county region of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon in Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey averages 7-to-9 bad air days a year.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency asks Americans to reduce their contribution to pollution by carpooling, turning off lights in rooms not in use, and refueling your car after dusk.

Ozone and particle pollution are linked to a variety of serious health effects – including respiratory symptoms in healthy people (such as chest tightness, shortness of breath), aggravation of lung or heart disease and even premature death.