Most of state's air pollution comes from vehicles

MPR reports two-thirds of the toxic chemicals in our air come from the tailpipes of automobiles, ATVs and boats. The Twin Cities area has so much pollution that it could soon fall short of federal standards, and pollution officials say metro residents may need to change their habits.
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MPR reports two-thirds of the toxic chemicals in our air come from the tailpipes of automobiles, ATVs and boats. The Twin Cities area has so much pollution that it could soon fall short of federal standards, and pollution officials say metro residents may need to change their habits.

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