American Lung Association Ranks Sacramento 5th In Most Ozone-Polluted Cities Report

Jo Lloyd
April 26, 2019

There was a small improvement in the area's short-term particle pollution.

Seven million more American now live in counties with unhealthy, polluted air than did a year ago, according to a new report.

The report was compiled using the number of high ozone and high particle pollution days from 2015-2017.

California had 10 of the top-25 most polluted regions by ozone pollution, as well as the eight of the top 11.

The report also found Denver had fewer days when short-term particle pollution reached unhealthy levels.

Denver has some of the highest levels of hazardous air pollution in the country, and the problem is getting worse, a new report from the American Lung Association found. Topping that list was the Fresno-Madera-Hanford, California, area; followed by Bakersfield, California; Fairbanks, Alaska; Visalia, California; Los Angeles-Long Beach, California; San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, California; the Pittsburgh-New Castle Weirton, Pennsylvania-Ohio-West Virginia area; El Centro, California; the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio, area; and Medford-Grants Pass, Oregon.

The annual State of the Air report, now in its 20th year, used data from 2015 to 2017, the most current quality-assured data available. St. George, meanwhile, lands on the list of cities with the cleanest air.

"Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions, wildfires and wood-burning devices".

But with the Trump administration's plan to slash the EPA's budget by a third, the American Lung Association worries that things could plateau, or even get worse.

"The implication is that the health of close to half of all Americans who live in areas that fail to meet these clean air standards is at increased risk due to the causal link between air pollution and diseases such as asthma and COPD", Elena Craft, senior climate and health director at the Environmental Defense Fund, told Newsweek.

Massachusetts' air quality has worsened over the past couple of years, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Climate change brings higher temperatures, drought, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather that makes it harder to breathe and makes pollution worse. They are Bangor, Maine; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont; Honolulu, Hawaii; Lincoln-Beatrice, Nebraska; Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida; and Wilmington, North Carolina.

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