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North Dakota Receives High Ratings for Air Quality

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North Dakota receives high ratings for air quality from the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report.

The Director of Air Quality for the North Dakota Health Department believes a low population and wind has been a contributing factor to that high grade.

Even though Terry O'Clair says there's more dust out west from truck traffic, the air quality is high across the state.

As the population grows and the oil industry continues booming, he says the department will monitor the Bakken region even more closely.

"We're keeping a close eye on it. Especially up in the Western part of the state. Ironically that's where our Class One areas are, the most pristine areas in the state, but it's also where a lot of the industry is. But in addition to that that's also where we have most of our monitoring sites located so that we can track the air quality in that area in the state," says North Dakota Department of Health Director of Air Quality Terry O'Clair.

O'Clair says North Dakota is one of the few states that meets all the national air meter quality standards.

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