Air quality in W. MI may depend on where you live

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It's a summer staple in West Michigan: Hearing the declaration of a Clean Air Action Day and the recommendations that come with it.

“There are quick and easy, simple things that you can do to make a difference for air quality," said Andrea Faber, transportation director for the Grand Valley Metro Council — then she lists them off. "Waiting to mow your lawn, waiting until 6 p.m. to mow your lawn, put gas in your car, keeping your tires properly inflated, skip the drive-thru, park your car and go in, limit idling, avoid idling… Burn cleanly or not at all, carpool, take the bus or the Rapid and Max transit in Holland offer free bus rides.”

The call comes when it is determined that there will likely be an increase in the number of pollutant particulates in the air higher than 70 parts per billion, which can trigger asthma in some people and have an impact on the air quality.

“Any time you’re pumping anything into the atmosphere, there is that chance of a long-term impact no matter how slight," said Ellen Bacca, 24 Hour News 8 meteorologist.

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