Rise in unhealthy air quality days in 2015

The number of ozone days can vary from year to year due to the weather

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – New England experienced more unhealthy air quality days this year compared to 2014 and 2013.

This past summer, ozone monitors in New England recorded concentrations above what is considered healthy on 24 days. In 2014 there were just 9 unhealthy ozone days.

In Massachusetts we had 3 unhealthy ozone days this summer. Last year there weren’t any at all and in 2013 there were 7.

The number of ozone days can vary from year to year due to the weather. But overall New England has seen a significant decrease in the number of ozone days.

“I think they’re more conscious now; more than they use to be in the past, using less chemicals and things like that, but I think it’ll get better, but people need to be more aware about it,” said Melissa Jenkins of Westfield.

In 1983 New England had 113 unhealthy days compared to just 24 this summer. The downward trend is attributed to the reduction in the emissions that form ozone.

The New England state that had the unhealthiest ozone days this summer was Connecticut with 22.

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