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Capital Gazette: Our say: There’s some good news for state in the air

Not everything in the past evokes nostalgia.

Remember all those Code Red summer days, when warnings went out that it was a good idea for those vulnerable to air pollution — including children, older individuals and people with lung conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis — to limit outdoor activity?

. . . Perhaps such memories have dulled because you haven’t heard the words “Code Red” much recently. There has been only one Code Red day in the past three years.

The reasons for this are detailed in the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Maryland 2016 Clean Air Progress Report, which begins, “For the first time in 30 years, Maryland is very close to meeting all federal air quality standards.

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