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Hyperlocal air pollution data for greater Springfield now online

Screenshot by Paul Tuthill
The website pvhealthyair.org is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at real-time data on air pollution.

Website can advise people with health problems if it is safe to go outdoors.

A new website has launched that shows real-time air quality in local neighborhoods of greater Springfield – a region with one of the highest rates of asthma in the country.

The interactive website lets users point to any of dozens of sensors located around Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Easthampton and see data on air pollution and wind flow as well as advise on keeping healthy in the current conditions.

The sensors for the project were paid for by the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts is leading the collaborative effort to provide the hyperlocal air quality data.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Sarita Hudson, the institute’s Director of Programs.