Past air quality reports to the Legislature

Minnesota State CapitolEvery two years, the MPCA reports to the state Legislature on the status of toxic air contaminants and analyzes the MPCA’s strategies to reduce air pollutants. The agency uses this report as an opportunity to present the most pressing outdoor air quality issues facing Minnesota and to explore the opportunities available for emission reductions.

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The air we breathe: 2021 report to the Legislature

PDF icon The air we breathe: The state of Minnesota's air quality - 2021 (lraq-2sy21)

Cover of "The air we breathe" showing sources of air pollution, like automobiles and agricultural equipment, and those affected

Over the past 30 years, the federal Clean Air Act has resulted in drastic reductions in air pollution across the country, while our economy has continued to grow. And Minnesotans consistently have shown by their support of clean air initiatives that they value clean, healthy air. As a result, Minnesota’s air quality is better than all national standards and nearly all other health-related measures. However, scientists are learning that air pollution is harmful at even lower levels than was previously understood. As researchers continue to find health effects from smaller concentrations, federal air quality standards are getting tighter.

The MPCA will continue working to reduce air pollution from industrial and other large sources through our traditional regulatory methods, and by collaborating to find new ways to reduce emissions. Our future success will depend on all of us making choices that help limit emissions. Ensuring that all Minnesotans have clean air to breathe will mean we all need to take action to reduce our contributions to air pollution.

The air we breathe: 2019 report to the Legislature

PDF icon The air we breathe 2019 (lraq-1sy19)

Air we breathe report cover showing a young boy in a grassy field pulling a kite behind him

Over the past 30 years, the federal Clean Air Act has resulted in drastic reductions in air pollution across the country, while our economy has continued to grow. And Minnesotans consistently have shown by their support of clean air initiatives that they value clean, healthy air. As a result, Minnesota’s air quality is better than all national standards and nearly all other health-related measures. However, scientists are learning that air pollution is harmful at even lower levels than was previously understood. As researchers continue to find health effects from smaller concentrations, federal air quality standards are getting tighter.

The MPCA will continue working to reduce air pollution from industrial and other large sources through our traditional regulatory methods, and by collaborating to find new ways to reduce emissions. Our future success will depend on all of us making choices that help limit emissions. Ensuring that all Minnesotans have clean air to breathe will mean we all need to take action to reduce our contributions to air pollution.

The air we breathe: 2017 report to the Legislature

PDF icon The air we breathe 2017 (lraq-1sy17)

Report cover for "The air we breathe"Over the past 30 years, the federal Clean Air Act has resulted in drastic reductions in air pollution across the country, while our economy has continued to grow. And Minnesotans consistently have shown by their support of clean air initiatives that they value clean, healthy air. As a result, Minnesota’s air quality is better than all national standards and nearly all other health-related measures. However, scientists are learning that air pollution is harmful at even lower levels than was previously understood. As researchers continue to find health effects from smaller concentrations, federal air quality standards are getting tighter.

The MPCA will continue working to reduce air pollution from industrial and other large sources through our traditional regulatory methods, and by collaborating to find new ways to reduce emissions. Our future success will depend on all of us making choices that help limit emissions. Ensuring that all Minnesotans have clean air to breathe will mean we all need to take action to reduce our contributions to air pollution.

Air quality in Minnesota

The Legislative Reference Library has electronic copies of this report series going back to 2001.