Air Quality Awareness Week: What Affects the Air?

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A group called the Clean-Air Campaign is trying to improve awareness of the Columbus area's poor air quality.

Many people don't realize their everyday activities could be contributing to the poor air quality.

Manager with Columbus's Clean Air Campaign, Wanda Jenkins said, "Considering the Georgia EPA says 67 percent of bad air comes from the tailpipes of cars in traffic, it's important for us in Muscogee County to realize we all play a role in this."

A common cause of air pollution does come from car exhaust, but that's not the only culprit.

"It could be as small or minute as dust on a road, to some degree there is industrial pollution - not to the extent you might think. Of course pollutants that come off cars are certainly contributing as well," explained Columbus Planning Director Rick Jones.

With the Columbus Metro area growing by leaps and bounds, the air quality may just get worse.

Jenkins added, "It's understandable that with the growth Columbus is experiencing and has had in the past couple of years, it's understandable the air quality isn't where it should be."