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You may have guessed the air got cleaner near downtown Cincinnati as more people stayed home during COVID-19. Now Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has the statistics to prove it.

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Ohio doesn't fair well in the latest air quality report from the American Lung Association. The annual State of the Air study says ozone and particle levels in the Buckeye State make the air unhealthy to breathe.

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Using data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health news and information site HealthGrove released a study earlier this year that put Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky at the top of a list of states with the most air pollution.

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If you're driving southbound 75 and happen to notice a shelter with a large antenna-like device sticking out the top near the 74 interchange, don't worry.  It's not spying on you or engaging in personal data mining.  It's among the first in a new national air monitoring program that starts this month.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency started the new program to monitor for air pollution in near-road environments.  And you can't get much nearer than this site, which sits about 15 to 20 feet from the interstate.