Pollution in Connecticut Drops Nearly 60%

March 7, 2019 6:00 am Published by

The Environmental Protection Agency applauded the state of Connecticut as well as the New England Region for it’s reduction in pollution over the last ten years. Between 2007 and 2017 the region reduced pollution by 50% and Connecticut was well ahead of that mark as it reduced pollution by a whopping 57% over the same time span.

This good environmental news comes on the heels of some not so good news about recycling as municipalities in Connecticut and throughout the region are fighting lack of participation in recycling programs as well as higher costs to maintain robust recycling programs.

The drop in pollution can be directly attributed to the tightening regulations set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration. Since the Trump Administration has taken over in 2017, regulations have loosened, particularly in coal country.

Air pollution can have a direct impact on ones health, specifically in respiratory health. The effects of this pollution can be directly tied to difficulty breathing while exercising and areas that have significantly higher levels of air pollution will often see higher levels of cardiovascular and respiratory illness.