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News Sentinel: Knoxville air quality ranks among nation’s worst as rest of Tennessee air improves

Because air pollution isn’t as visible as littering or water pollution, it can become a secondary thought, according to Joshua Fu, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who serves on the Air Pollution Control Boards for Knox County and the state.

“I met with parents in town, and their concern is always that their children have asthma,” Fu said. “If the children are all healthy, they don’t have asthma or COPD or another disease, they’re really not concerned.”

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