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NYC's Air Quality Is Cleaner Than Ever Since Monitoring Began

By Brian Spaen

New York City has the cleanest air quality since it began monitoring results a decade ago. The New York City Community Air Survey shows that various pollutants in the air have fallen, having a positive effect on our health with the air we breathe. It’s also helping NYC reach their goal of becoming the largest clean US city by 2030.

Monitoring units installed by the Health Department and Queens College have been installed on lamp posts up to 12 feet from the ground. These measure samples of pollutants like particulate matter and nitric oxide, and both of those have declined annually by 28 and 35 percent, respectively.

Some of that change can be attributed to Mayor Bill de Blasio updating NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code in 2015. He added new regulations for some of the worst violators of carbon emissions, such as char broilers, fireplaces, and food trucks. There are still high levels of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in areas where there’s high traffic and lots of buildings.