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WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — New Hanover County residents can breathe a bit easier, with the recent announcement that the county’s ozone levels are some of the lowest in the state. That’s according to Tom Mather, spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.

New Hanover County’s ozone levels are currently 62 parts per billion, according to the equation set by the EPA. The county has among the lowest ozone levels in the state, tied with Swain County in the western part of the state.

“Ozone needs heat and sunlight in the absence of rain,” Mather said. The coastal breeze and precipitation impact ozone emissions, he said.

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