State environmental officials say there's a ways to go in improving the Region's air quality, but things are getting better, and are not as bad as some previous studies had suggested. "2005 National Air Toxics Assessment by the US EPA showed there was a lot of work to be done up in northwest Indiana,"said Indiana Department of Environmental Management Public Information Officer Dan Goldblatt, "so we took that information and we did a little more detailed study, from 2009 to 2011, and we put a lot more data points in and looked at some new modeling data that we had and found that things really are improving."
The IDEM study looked at data from Lake and Porter Counties. Goldblatt says most of the pollution in northwest Indiana is coming from mobile sources – cars and trucks – because of the interstates and the commerce that travels thru the Region. Vehicle emissions are being reduced, he said, and plants and factories implementing emission controls in the Region are making the air cleaner in this corner of the state. Findings from the Lakeshore Air Toxics study were presented to the NIRPC Environmental Committee this week.
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