SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia air quality

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 12:11 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 14, 2010


You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:

The records: The Environmental Protection Agency provides an interactive map with information about a number of local environmental factors, including air quality, pollutant levels and the UV index.

Why you'd want them: You can find out how badly you might burn in the sun today, where to find pollution cleanups in the area, or even environmental reports on individual businesses and government buildings.

Where you get the records: Go to and look for "My Environment" at the bottom of the page. Type in Columbia, MO and hit "go". You'll see a page with a map of mid-Missouri.

How much will it cost: The information is free.


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