AG Healey visits Springfield to celebrate Earth Day

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FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks with members of the media after testifying before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Healey is filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing the Constitution prohibits discrimination against same-sex marriage. Healey has encouraged the testimony of same-sex couples […]

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield held a tree planting ceremony Thursday to commemorate Earth Day.

A new air quality monitoring project is going to be put in place all across the city. At Adams Park in Springfield, a tree-planting ceremony was held to celebrate Earth Day and Attorney General Maura Healey was there for the occasion, where the state and city announced a program to help improve the air quality.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has ranked Springfield as the “Asthma Capital” of the United States and on Thursday Attorney General Maura Healy joined Springfield officials and community partners to announce a new air quality monitoring project.

“The people here have been far too long disproportionally affected by poor air quality if one in five children in Springfield is suffering from asthma or going to the emergency room with respiratory illnesses that’s just not right,” said AG Healey.

Under the program, 40 sensors will be placed all over the city to monitor the air quality.

“They will be monitoring particulate matter which is fine particles that come from burning fossil fuels so it’s from vehicles, power plants it from anything that burns,” said Sarita Hudson of the Public Health Institute of western Massachusetts.

The sensors will also measure ozone levels as well.

The data collected by the sensors will be online for people to see in real time.

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