Recent particulate alert stirs debate

Mar 14, 2014

What’s a bigger threat to the air we breathe, power plants or cars and trucks? 

Vanderburgh County Ozone Officer Joanne Alexandrovich says a particulate alert issued earlier this month followed several days of an “air inversion." She says exhaust from vehicles were responsible for most of the particulate pollution. 

But Wendy Bredhold of Mom’s Air Force-Indiana says 17 coal-fired power plants in the Tri-State are a bigger problem. And she rejects claims that turning away from coal will kill jobs.

Bredhold says new job opportunities are opening up in cleaner energy sources like solar and wind. She traveled to Washington D.C. this week to push for stricter air standards.

Alexandrovich says the Evansville area did not exceed the current federal 24-hour guidelines in the latest particulate episode and remains “in attainment” under current ozone standards.