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Clean Air On The Way

Good news. Lamar! says that clean air is projected to invade Knox County . . . in 2015:

Revised air pollution forecasts predict Knox County will comply with federal limits for fine particle pollution by 2015, an improvement over previous projections.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced the new projections at a meeting Monday with East Tennessee county mayors and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam.

Knox and several other East Tennessee counties aren't in compliance with federal limits for fine particle pollution, which includes soot and other tiny airborne particles. Previous projects had indicated that Knox County wouldn't meet the federal standards until sometime after 2018.

So not to worry, lungs, help is on the way.

Here's an interesting line:

Alexander said local actions like restricting outdoor burning can have a big impact on air quality.
Yes indeed. Forget those tens of thousands of vehicles on the roads or the TVA power plant smoke stacks billowing away. The real culprit ruining our air is those pesky brush fires.

Come on, people. Stop it.