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Ozone pollution on the rise in Champaign

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Champaign--The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air report Wednesday, and many counties across Illinois have room to improve the quality of the air.

Champaign County did pass the assessment, but in one category, it came pretty close to failing.

Ozone pollution has been on the rise throughout the region since 2010, which prompted researchers to give Champaign a D in that category, compared to a B for Macon County and an F for Sangamon County.

Ozone pollution levels are affected by a variety of factors, including industrial facilities, electric utilities, and the exhaust from cars. So to clean up the air, local leaders hope to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

 we focus on our bus transportation and zip cars, we're trying to create a micro urban environment so that students don't have to have to bring cars, because a lot of it is the student population and lot of them have cars, so the more public transportation we have, people riding their bikes, the more emissions we can reduce.

"We focus on our bus transportation and zip cars, we're trying to create a micro-urban environment so that students don't have to have to bring cars, because a lot of it is the student population and lot of them have cars," said Champaign mayor Don Gerard. "So the more public transportation we have, people riding their bikes, the more emissions we can reduce."

Another project being discussed is the installation of charging stations to promote the use of electric cars around town, but that is just an idea at this point.

While Central Illinois counties did score lower in the ozone pollution category, they did have high grades for the amount of particle pollution in the air.
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