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Air Pollution Control

Last updated: May 16, 2019

What Does Air Pollution Control Mean?

Air pollution control is the process of limiting and ideally eradicating atmospheric emissions that can prove harmful to humans and the environment.

Air in the atmosphere is deemed to be polluted if it contains substances in sufficient quantities to cause harm to the human body, property, or the environment. These pollutants may come from fossil fuels or from natural sources like forest fires.

Safeopedia Explains Air Pollution Control

The key goal of air pollution control is to protect the quality of outdoor air. In order to achieve this, there is a concentrated focus on controlling the following pollutants:

  • carbon monoxide
  • sulphur dioxide
  • nitrogen dioxide
  • ozone
  • lead

In order to control these pollutants, specific emission control regulations have been enacted for each of them. Regulations have also been enacted to control the following recognized greenhouse gases:

  • carbon dioxide
  • chlorofluorocarbons
  • methane
  • nitrous oxide

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