April 05, 2020
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New England saw cleaner air this summer

BOSTON – New Englanders breathed a little easier during the summer.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the number of unhealthy air days dropped in the region from 26 last year to 16 this summer.

EPA Regional Administrator Robert Varney credits the drop to a cooler summer and a decline in the air pollution that causes smog. He notes the decrease is part of a two-decade trend. For instance, in the summer of 1983, the region saw 90 unhealthy air days.

The number of unhealthy air days dropped from four to one in Maine and from four to two in New Hampshire and


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