How is the air quality in Tippecanoe County?

Experts at Purdue University say the air quality in Tippecanoe County is actually better than surrounding areas. This response follows concerns from some who claim the air quality in certain areas of Tippecanoe County aren't safe.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 6:44 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Air quality in Tippecanoe County is a topic of discussion amongst some people.

"It's very, very important especially in the developing world,” said Associate Professor for the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University.

Michalski said for the most part air quality in Tippecanoe County is sound.

In Indiana our worst air quality is typically up in Gary where the industry and proximity of Chicago,” said Michalski. “A little bit in the south where we have some of our power plants. Sometimes in Indianapolis. But by in large our air quality is fairly good."

People are referring to apps like their weather app on the apple watch to determine what the air quality is. Michalski says those kinds of apps aren't really using precise measurements.

"I think some of these apps are based on models or rough measurements,” said Michalski.

"It just doesn't feel like the normal fresh quality air,” said Tippecanoe County Resident Georgie Epp.

Epp said air quality isn't something people notice but they should think about.

You just kind of notice in the back of your head, you're like why is this difficult,” said Epp.

She said she especially notices a difference between seasons.

During the summer it has been worse,” said Eppp. “Maybe because it's hotter and it just feels like more congested."
Kate Crabtre from Kokomo said air quality there is much worse than air quality in Tippecanoe County.

"I notice I get stuffy a lot in Kokomo,” said Crabtre. “Then we came out here today and it just feels really crisp and fresh."

Crabtre said she expects air quality to be worse in Kokomo because there is a larger amount of manufacturing.

“I feel like there's a lot more factories in Kokomo that affect it,” said Crabtre. “It's just not healthy to breathe in bad air quality."

"I feel like we deserve the best quality even though we kind of ruined it ourselves,” said Epp.

Michalski said Purdue University has recently funded a student run air quality monitoring station called air sense.

Students are learning how to measure O-zone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and aerosols in Tippecanoe County.

For more infromation on air quality you can click here and here. 

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