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Region 1: EPA New England

Particulate Matter (PM) in New England

Particle pollution presents a serious air quality problem in New England. Particle pollution is produced by a wide variety of natural and manmade sources, including factories, power plants, trash incinerators, motor vehicles (especially diesel engines), construction activity, fires, and natural windblown dust. In the wintertime, a particular concern is fine particles released by smoke from fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor burning. This smoke can accumulate, especially in low-lying areas, when a temperature inversion traps a layer of cold air near the ground.

Visit EPA-New England's Air Quality Index page to get real-time and forecasted air pollution data in an understandable visual format. This information is provided so the public can take action to protect their health and to reduce pollution.

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For more information about Particulate Matter programs in New England, please contact:

Alison Simcox (simcox.alison@epa.gov)
EPA New England
5 Post Office Square
Suite 100, OEP5-02
Boston, MA 02109-3912
(617) 918-1684

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