What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types


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Part of the Clean Air Act legislation of 1970 is reproduced as follows:

It sets limits on emissions and standards for air quality, provided funding for pollution control research but prevents citizens to sue those who violate the standards. The standards set forth in this legislation by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, identified six pollutants.

Which part is wrongly reproduced?

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1. Six types of air pollutants were identified by the EPA because they _____.

2. How are primary pollutants compared to secondary pollutants?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Air pollution refers to the level of gases and particles in the atmosphere that are detrimental to the earth's climate and living organisms. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the different types of air pollution. Some things you'll be assessed on include the Clean Air Act legislation of 1970, the six air pollutants identified by the EPA, and the characteristics of primary pollutants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The Clean Air Act legislation of 1970
  • Air pollutants identified by the EPA
  • Characteristics of primary pollutants
  • Why lead is considered an air pollutant

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding air pollution
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the definition and different types of air pollution
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on air pollution and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about air pollution, review the accompanying lesson called What is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between primary and secondary pollutants
  • Identify the amount of carbon monoxide that comes from vehicles
  • Name the air pollutant that is responsible for the smog over Los Angeles