Louis Metro ranked 18th most polluted area in new report

Louis Metro ranked 18th most polluted area in new report”

For the second year in a row, the county earned top marks for having no unsafe particle pollution days, according to a report released today by the American Lung Association.

On a national scale, six most prominent pollutants are down over the last 45 years despite steady growth in population, vehicle miles traveled and electricity consumption, the association says, attributing progress to guidelines in the Clean Air Act of 1970.

The Buffalo metro area was among 99 cities nationwide cited as "cleanest" for short-term soot pollution.

For particle pollution, the association has data only for Lackawanna and Monroe counties in Northeast Pennsylvania. "In the 25 cities with the worst ozone and year-round particle pollution, the majority saw improvements from previous year".

Ozone. No unhealthy ozone days were recorded in Montana and all counties evaluated received an A. In Hillsborough County, the number of unhealthy ozone days dropped from eight to four. The report finds that the health of 43 million people across the country are at risk from these risky spikes in particle pollution.

"As a result, Americans' lung health is far better protected today than it was before the Clean Air Act health protections began almost five decades ago".

La Crosse, Onalaska, Houston County, Minn., and the immediate surrounding areas are included in that A ranking on the Air Quality Index by virtue of their butting boundaries, according to the findings, released Wednesday.

One built-in factor is that sea breezes tend to sweep the coastal air, keeping it cleaner than inland areas.

The Modesto and Merced areas are ranked as the sixth most polluted metropolitan areas in the nation when it comes to particle and ozone pollution, the report said.

Merced County residents experienced a greater number of days with unhealthy air in recent years, according to the annual State of the Air study. Particle pollution is measured by annual levels as well as the number of days with unhealthy particle levels in the air. The state's 2002 Clean Smokestacks Act, which limited pollution from coal-fired power plants, sharply reduced ozone.

To identify the 25 most polluted US cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the metropolitan statistical areas with the highest levels of ozone pollution, measured in days in a year when the concentration of ozone, or smog, exceeded the EPA standard from the ALA's 2017 "State of the Air 2017" report.

Locally, improvements were shown in ozone grades, with Mahoning County receiving a "B" and Trumbull getting a "C".

The association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors for the past 18 years. "The nation must continue to reduce emissions that worsen climate".

Children and people over the age of 65 are the most at risk of having serious health issues like asthma attacks and other lung diseases.

In Trump's budget proposal, the agency's budget will be cut by 31% that would include weakening or eliminating the Clean Air Act, which, according to the report, it has been the most important tool in the fight for healthy air by driving emission reductions for more than 47 years.

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