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

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

In his America First Energy Plan, President Donald Trump boasts that "protecting clean air" will "remain a high priority" during his presidency.

The report is a combination of good and bad news; year-round pollution has improved however, short-term spikes of intensely polluted air have increased.

The region had been experiencing worsening pollution from 2007 to 2009, but the reports found that trend improving between 2013 and 2015.

While the number of days that the Bay Area as a whole experienced unhealthy levels of particle pollution is not contained in the report, the region is listed as being the nation's sixth-worst for short-term spikes in particulate matter and fourth-worst for year-round totals.

The Golden State gets a bad grade over-all, even though they've done more than any other state to combat air pollution, according to the experts.

The annual ranking of high particle pollution represents the concentration of particles in a cubic meter of air.

"Even with the ongoing improvements, too many people in the United States live where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe".

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"These grades show that CT still suffers from being the "tailpipe of the nation" for ozone", said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. The Lung Association takes complex information about air pollution and translates it into a simpler, easier to understand "report card" to help people better protect themselves and their families. Breathing in smog and particle pollution can cause serious health problems, increasing the risk of asthma and infections and cancers of the lungs, and also possibly contributing to heart disease, obesity, and more terrifyingly, degenerative brain diseases. The report focuses on ozone and particle pollution - the most widespread forms of pollution threatening public health, it said. Lake County had 16 unhealthy ozone days, Stark County had 11, Cuyahoga County had 10, and Medina County had one from 2013-2015.

California is once again at the top of the most polluted cities list. He said five of 14 fine particulate monitors ranked in the worst 10 percent nationwide, and 10 of 14 ranked in the worst quarter of monitor readings.

In Virginia, Arlington County received a "F", Loudon County received a "D" and Fairfax County received a "C".

"Air pollution controls on things like vehicles and power plants have certainly reduced the amount of pre-cursory pollutants for ozone", Stewart says.

"It causes increased risk in cancers and also irritation in lungs", Dr. Giri Hoskere, a Pulmonologist with Wellmont Health System says.

In the "State of the Air 2017" report, experts used data on air quality, ozone levels and particle pollution to determine which cities had the cleanest and dirtiest air in the country.

Unfortunately for most of the rest of the state, the report's findings are not so positive. "In order to properly look at that, it requires looking at all of the different scales at which air pollution is generated and has an effect on health".

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