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April 8, 2002

  MECKLENBURG COUNTY CITIZENS CAN SPEAK OUT ABOUT AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

  APRIL 18: PUBLIC FORUM FOR “ BREATHE” CAMPAIGN

  Charlotte, NC – Spring is here and hot weather is just around the corner.  That means summer ozone season is approaching for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, as well as the potential for health problems associated with ozone and other air pollution.   

In the search for solutions to our air quality problems, the public will have the opportunity to voice concerns or comments. A public forum will be held Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m.  The forum will be in room 267 (2 nd floor) of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, in Uptown Charlotte.   

Mecklenburg County’s “Breathe” taskforce is conducting the forum. “Breathe” consists of representatives from the Mecklenburg County Division of Air Quality, the City of Charlotte, and the business and civic community.  For several months, the “Breathe” taskforce has discussed a variety of options to improve air quality and help us breathe healthy during the summer months.   

Some of those options could include slowing the growth rate of vehicle miles traveled, educate the public on ozone pollution prevention, requiring alternative fuels for public fleets, as well as other options.  The group’s final recommendations, which may include some of these options, will be presented in May to the Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council.   

The “Breathe” campaign began last year when both the City and the County adopted a clean air policy and strategy to achieve it.  The policy states: “Mecklenburg County wishes to achieve and maintain clean healthful air as determined by national, state and local ambient air quality standards for the well being of its citizens and the economic vitality of this community and shall act proactively at the county level to achieve this goal.”



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