Lung Association Ranks San Diego 7th Dirtiest City For Ozone Pollution

The 2017 report uses the most recent quality-assured air pollution data, collected by the federal, state and local governments and tribes in 2013, 2014 and 2015.These data come from the official monitors for the two most widespread types of pollution, ozone (also known as smog) and particle pollution (fine particulate matter, PM 2.5, also known as soot).

Nolen explained the Clean Air Act of 1963 addresses the problem by mandating states recognize their own pollution may impact air quality elsewhere.

In Nebraska, Grand Island is ranked as one of the cleanest US cities with short term particle pollution.

The cities with the worst year-round particle air pollution were Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif., Bakersfield, Calif., Fresno-Madera, Calif., San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif., Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif., Modesto-Merced, Calif., El Centro, Calif., Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pa. -Ohio-W.Va., Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, Calif. According to the report, the city had 68.4 fewer high-ozone days than past year.

In the last few years the drought and wildfires have played a role in poor air quality, said Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Both ozone and particle pollution are risky to public health and can be lethal.

Elsewhere in the state, Cincinnati and Columbus had those cities' best-ever report, reaching their fewest high ozone and particle pollution days and lowest year-round particle levels.

"Children face special risks from air pollution because their lungs are growing and because they are so active", Dr. Anne Mellinger Birdsong, a pediatrician and member of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, said in a statement.

There was good news in the report. Seilback pointed to the Clean Air Act.

American Lung Association 2017 At Risk Groups in Colorado
American Lung Association 2017 At Risk Groups in Colorado

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.

When inhaled, both types of pollution can cause health problems, such as increased susceptibility to infection, cardiovascular harm, shortness of breath, wheezing, asthma attacks, reproductive harm, and other conditions, ALA said in its latest report released Wednesday.

Despite the region's dim results, Sacramento's air quality has improved significantly, with unhealthy ozone days dropping from nearly three months a year to one month.

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.

Coos County went from four unhealthy ozone days to seven in this year's report.

Winds can carry ozone pollution far distances, which means Connecticut's ozone isn't necessarily generated within its borders. "The nation must continue to reduce emissions that worsen climate".

Air quality laws and policies to combat climate change save lives, according to the American Lung Association, and need to be protected in Congress.



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