Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Clean air group says Denver, Fort Collins improving on ozone

Lung Association gives Lackawanna top marks for clean air Pittsburgh region's air gets failing grade again, but it's getting better
Connie Andrews | 21 April, 2017, 04:19

"In the 2017 report, Milwaukee had its lowest average of unhealthy day for both ozone and particle pollution", said Dona Wininsky with the American Lung Association.

The existing Today's Air website is now mobile-friendly, providing the public with even easier access to hourly fine particle pollution data with the potential for other pollutants in the future.

Number one for worst short-term particle pollution and number two for worst year-round particle pollution. "In the 25 cities with the worst ozone and year-round particle pollution, the majority saw improvements from a year ago".

Ratings for many counties and cities can not be made because they lack monitoring equipment, but those that do - and received F's - were Kenosha, Manitowoc, Ozaukee and Sheboygan. But the trends reported in this year's report, which covers data collected by states, cities, counties, tribes and federal agencies in 2013-2015, are strikingly different for these pollutants, nationwide, and in CT.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and officials from eight other downwind Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states earlier this month urged the Environmental Protection Agency to force upwind states in the Midwest and South to reduce air pollution. It is harmful to children, seniors and those with asthma and other lung diseases.

The region, consisting of San Franciso, San Jose, Oakland and Stockton, includes San Joaquin County, which saw its worst period ever for particle pollution.

The report found that 125 million Americans experience unhealthy levels of pollution, which has been linked to lung cancer, asthma and cardiovascular damage.

Barrett said the area's air quality is aided by the "coastal influence", which he said tends to blow pollution inland rather than lingering over the county. She said residents can also make their own efforts towards cleaner air.

The most notable national findings of the 18th annual report were lower overall ozone levels and year-round particle levels, the report said. Everyone has a fundamental right to breathe healthy air.

Casey Harvell Bowers, the association's director of public policy in MA, says the worst air pollution was in Bristol and Essex Counties, which received a failing grade for ozone quality.

Just six cities recorded no days of unhealthy levels of pollution: Burlington, Vt.; Honolulu; Wilmington, N.C.; Fort Myers / Naples, Fla.; Melbourne, Fla., and Elmira, N.Y.

Kalamazoo County was the only one in West Michigan with a dropping grade, moving from an "A" to a "B" for particle pollution. Since 2000, the trends show the number of ozone pollution days dropping from nearly 50 to five last year; the number of high particulate days dropping from nearly 35 to three last year; and concentrations of annual particulate pollution decreasing by nearly half since 2000. "And based on the current administration, it's clear that local improvement and enforcement of clean air standards will be imperative over the next four years".

Air quality in USA cities improved overall past year, a new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) concluded.

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