Clean Air Olympics!

Today was the Clean Air Olympics at MSU. Dozens of MSU students played games including frisbee, hula hoop, jump rope, volleyball, badminton, ran in a relay race and blew ‘smoke’ black bubbles outside Wells Hall on the National Clean Air Day of Action. We were joined by 150 4th graders from South Elementary in Hudsonville, MI.
MSU clean air olympics

This event was part of a National Day of Action to support EPA ozone standards. Ozone is the main component of smog and is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution. It comes from sources such as coal-fired power plants, automobiles, industrial facilities, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents. Our on campus T.B. Simon Power Plant emitted more NOx (one of the main sources of ozone) than was permitted by its operating permit in both 2007 and 2008. These emissions are harmful to human health even at very low levels, causing:

  • Asthma
  • Reduced lung function
  • Airway irritation and damage
  • Increased susceptibility to respiratory infections
  • Permanent lung damage
  • Shortness of breath and chest pain
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Premature death

Miss our event? You can still make a comment online by March 22nd:
http://action.sierraclub.org/ozone
http://action.sierraclub.org/ozone
http://action.sierraclub.org/ozone

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