American Lung Association releases "State of the Air" report

American Lung Association releases

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

"They've done more than any other state to counteract air pollution", Billings said, according to USA Today.

Short-term spikes in particle pollution can be extremely unsafe and even lethal, the lung group said.

The San Joaquin Valley areas of Bakersfield, Visalia (Tulare County) and Fresno surpassed the Bay Area for particle pollution, while the Los Angeles-Long Beach region was slightly cleaner than the Bay Area.

Each year the "State of the Air" reports on the two most widespread outdoor air pollutants, ozone pollution (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Northampton and Warren counties also earned a "C" for ozone days, while Monroe had a "B".

The American Lung Association report revealed approximately 125 million Americans across the country or 40 percent of the nationwide population, are now living amid unhealthy air pollution levels, National Geographic reports.

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.

Pollutants can cause severe asthma attacks, particularly in vulnerable children, people with diabetes. It's first (or last) in short-term particle pollution, and second in both year-round particle pollution and ozone pollution.

The largest improvements in air quality result from continuing reductions in high ozone days and levels of year-round particle pollution, the report found.

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More than 1.3 million MA residents remain at risk from health effects caused by unhealthy air.

There is some good news in the report, although it comes with a caveat.

While Milwaukee is not considered one of the cleanest cities in the USA, it does have a good track record when it comes to clean air.

Almost four in 10 people live in a city where pollution levels are too risky to breathe. Lake County had 16 unhealthy ozone days, Stark County had 11, Cuyahoga County had 10, and Medina County had one from 2013-2015.

Federal standards are only part of the reason North Carolina's air has improved in recent years.

Most of America's polluted cities are located in California, according to the American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report.

Breathing in the microscopic particles can trigger asthma attacks, increase risks of heart attacks and strokes, cause lung cancer and lead to premature death, the report said.

Mirroring the national picture, most of California saw a drop in ozone, also called smog, which the American Lung Association credited to tighter state and federal environmental laws.

Compared to the 2016 report, Fairfield County, the most polluted county in the New York City metro area, had a weighted average of 24.0 days with unhealthful levels of ozone in 2013-2015, fewer than the 24.3 days in 2012-2014.

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