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Last updated 10:22PM ET
November 21, 2017
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EPA says air cleaner in Mid-Ohio Valley
(WOUB) - Washington County residents can breathe easier these days. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the air is cleaner there and around Parkersburg, too.

After monitoring air samples for the past few years, the EPA now declares the area is in compliance with the air quality standard for smog, which can cause respiratory problems.

The agency says Ohio "did a great job in reducing smog" and there's an improved climate for business. EPA environmental engineer Steve Marquardt says compliance also means healthier air for people.

To make sure pollutants from cars, factories and other sources don't get bad again, Ohio has developed a plan which has also been approved by the U.S. EPA until 2018.
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