Report: MAUI air quality is State of Hawaii's best, nets ‘A’
Maui received an "A" grade for air quality - the best in the state - in an American Lung Association national report that may raise the eyebrows of residents who have complaints about cane burning and dust from fallow fields.
In the "State of the Air 2013" report released last week, Honolulu received a "B" while Hawaii County received an "F" in the particle pollution 24-hour category. Figures for Kauai were incomplete.
On Maui, Businger explained that national air quality standards are based on 24-hour averages and that cane burning and agricultural dust problems do not occur for long enough periods to affect the averages.
The University of Hawaii meteorology professor added that Maui residents do not live next door to coal-fired plants that drive up air pollution rates in large industrial cities.
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Article first published on April 28, 2013, written by Melissa Tanji, Staff Writer, The Maui News, www.MauiNews.com