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The Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) is associated with many different ways to control air pollution, due to the large amount of air pollutants which affect the world—in America alone over 30 million people are diagnosed with asthma, affecting on a daily level air pollution. Their agency develops technical policies and national programs, providing answers and solutions in order to assist the people on earth to prevent air pollution and energy efficiency. The quality of air in both indoor and outdoor settings play a big part in their programs to better control air pollution, with additional areas of industrial air pollution, radon, acid rain, vehicle and engine pollution, climate changes, radiation protection, and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Air pollution plays a big role in the lives of global citizens as the majority drives some form of vehicle which requires fuel, and their homes have some form of heat or coolants. Major manufacturing chemicals are used at home or at work in a wide variety of ways, in some form or another. What most of us do not realize is that serious air pollutants also come from something as simple as putting gas in our car on the way to the grocery store; painting our front porch, or taking clothes to the dry cleaner. Every step of the way causes air pollution of some form or another. Ways to control air pollution are developed with all of this in mind by the OAR on a daily basis.

Small amounts may not harm us, but large concentrations will kill us—and the control of air pollution does not seem to keep up with the high demands of society. Large cities with excessive populations require more and more vehicles, industrial jobs, commercial operations—all concluding that more pollution is affecting our planet. Each adult will consume 3,000 gallons of air per day, with children consuming even more per pound per body weight. More simply put, children are more susceptible to air pollution of some type which in a healthy child will cause breathing difficulties, irritated throats, and eye problems.

Air pollutants can also remain in the environment for extended periods of time, especially those that form toxic compounds and urban smog. They can also be carried by the wind for hundreds of miles from where they originated—in areas where people live on both ends—exposed to small toxic particles and urban smog. To successfully control air pollution would require the dedication of every person on our planet, as long-term exposure exposes everyone to air pollutants, causing cancer, immune damage, damage to neurological systems, in addition to those of the reproductive and respiratory systems which eventually may lead to death. We are affected by our surroundings—near and far—regardless how we live our own lives. What we need to remember is that we can live only moments without air, unlike food and water. Most of us realize that air pollution damages animal life, lakes, crops, trees, and the natural environment – but few fully realize that our own life is also in danger because of it, or even to what extent we will suffer.

The federal government was given the authority to clean up our country's air pollution in 1970, when the Environmental Protection Agency was formed, passing the Clean Air Act. From that moment on, a huge variety of agencies have formed to reduce air pollution levels across America. And it is a start but they cannot do it alone.