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Florida Air Emissions Hit All-Time Low

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday that air emissions from Florida's industrial facilities hit the lowest levels ever in 2012. The FDEP began tracking emissions in 1985 in order to curb pollutants.

Annual air emissions have declined nearly 22 percent since 2010, bringing the emissions to 412,628 tons. A decade ago, Florida's industrial facilities were emitting nearly 1.1 million tons of pollutants each year. The decreased air emissions mean Florida's air quality has improved as a result.

"This is great news for Florida -- fewer air emissions mean better air quality for Floridians and visitors," said Brian Accardo, director of the Division of Air Resource Management. "Department staff is focused on ensuring regulated businesses comply with stringent emission limits and use the latest technology to curb pollution.

Earlier this year, the American Lung Association reported Florida had experienced zero unhealthy days for ozone pollution during a three-year study period. The Association also ranked four of Florida's cities among the 16 cleanest nationwide for year-round and short-term particle pollution.

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