CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday announce that it has redesignated Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties as in 'attainment' for fine particle solution.
The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region has been working to meet the fine particle solution (PM 2.5) standard for several years. PM 2.5 refers to microscopic particles in the air that measure 2.5 microns or less in diameter, about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
The particles are considered dangerous because they can be easily inhaled deep into lungs and are harmful to children and the elderly.
"One of OKI's (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) key responsibilities is to provide information to the public on what each individual can do to improve the air they breathe," said OKI Executive Director Mark Polincinski. "The new designation of being in attainment is a testament that if people change their behavior and take action they can make a difference to help our environment."