Concord NH – According to an annual State of New Hampshire Air Quality report concentrations of the most common air pollutants in New Hampshire are down 70 – 90 percent from 1990 levels. The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) released the annual report on Tuesday. The report notes significant improvements in air quality, ongoing challenges, and how NH plans to maintain the progress made to date.
Director Craig Wright stated, “The air in New Hampshire is now cleaner than it has been in decades, but we still are challenged to maintain this progress, eliminate our remaining Air Quality Action Days and advance the state’s investment in clean energy.”
Despite lower air pollution levels, portions of NH still exceed federal health thresholds for ozone and approach those levels for winter wood smoke.
The report is available on the NHDES website at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/documents/r-ard-17-01.pdf