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Air quality in GarCo improves


Residents in Garfield County can breathe easier now that a recently released study shows air quality is improving. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Garfield County commissioners yesterday received results from a human health risk assessment of air quality. It shows a decreasing potential for cancer risk over the years 2008 to 2012.


That’s when data was collected by the state department of health at different air monitoring sites throughout the county, which is heavily active with oil and gas drilling.


The decrease of cancer risk contributors and health risks are also consistent with data collected in the last three years, according to county officials.

The three monitoring sites were located at the Bell Ranch south of Silt, the town of Parachute and in downtown Rifle.

Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Public Radio news.