Professor: Our Air Quality Is Improving


POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 5:33pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 5:42pm

EL PASO - Our air quality is getting better compared to ten years ago, according to researchers at UTEP.

They've been studying the city's ozone, which is full of pollutants like carbon monoxide.

One professor says even though we're driving a lot more and using more fuel, tighter environmental restrictions in the last 10 years have made a positive difference in the air we breathe.

"Although you have increase in the number of vehicles you have less emissions per vehicle," said Dr. Wen-Whai Li, a professor in UTEP's civil engineering department. "So it's a combination of emission standards and effort people put in."

UTEP's engineering department just got a $404,000 grant to do real-time ozone experiments in the field. The results of those experiments may be useful for the future. For example, if the Department of Transportation wants to change the speed limit, the work by UTEP will be able to predict how that will impact our air quality.

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Still why hasn't anyone addressed the issue of foreign vehicles to people that have lived here over a year or more?

If they live here then they are required to have a state emission legal vehicle or is it okay for me to buy a vehicle from another country and drive it here for years?

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