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Pollution drops as economy sputters

West Michigan's air quality has improved dramatically in the past five years as local factories scaled back or shut down, according to air pollution numbers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For example, Kent County's factories pumped out nearly 2.6 million pounds of toxic air releases in 1999. In 2003, preliminary EPA figures report total emissions of less than 540,000 pounds -- an 80-percent decline.