EPA data: NO2 and SO2 emissions decreasing rapidly

Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, total emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide have fallen substantially since 1980. But what’s especially telling is that those total emissions plummeted between 2008 and 2010, showing a far larger decrease.

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In addition to the long-term decreases in these emissions, this data also shows that NOx emissions fell by 20% between 2008 and 2010, while SO2 emissions fell by 30% over the same period. This is partially due to lessened energy usage during times of limited economic growth nationwide, but electric generators have also made billions of dollars in investment nationwide to reduce emissions.

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