Air pollutants and sources

With every breath, we are exposed to air pollution. Air pollution is made up of many different chemicals and substances that can harm our health and the environment. These pollutants are regulated or monitored by the federal government and the MPCA.

So where do these air pollutants come from? Only about a quarter of the air pollution in Minnesota comes from smokestack facilities like power plants and factories. The rest comes from a wide variety of things we use in our daily lives — our vehicles, local businesses, heating and cooling, and yard and recreational equipment.

An important part of the MPCA’s work is with partners in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors to develop innovative, voluntary programs to help Minnesotans reduce their contributions to air pollution.

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