Report Gives New Hampshire Air Quality Passing Grade

Report Gives New Hampshire Air Quality Passing Grade

Report Gives New Hampshire Air Quality Passing Grade

Overall, the American Lung Association's report seemed optimistic about the results, which depicted a reduction in pollutant levels from recent years. The report focuses on two outdoor air pollutants which include ozone and particle pollution. Drought prompts dust storms and wildfires, which, in turn, increase short-term particle pollution. Both ozone and particle pollution are risky to public health and can be lethal. 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.

According to the American Lung Association, which conducts the report, San Luis Obispo County ranked tenth for the most polluted county in the nation under the annual particle pollution category.

Stanislaus County had an average of 30 unhealthy particle pollution days, Fresno County had 41 and Madera County had 25.

The report's authors said it was critical that the government continue tough environmental policies like the federal Clean Air Act.

Air pollution is still "making people sick and cutting lives short", said the association's Bonnie Holmes-Gen, who is based in Sacramento. "Our nation's leaders must do more to protect the health of all Americans".

The report argues air pollution represents a "real public health crisis", threatening people with asthma attacks and lung diseases, and suggests climate change is exacerbating conditions.

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"Even though this is the third year in a row where New Castle County did improve its ozone levels to the best ever, it still averaged about six days a year when the ozone levels were in the unhealthful range for people in those sensitive groups", said Stewart. California's Visalia-Porterville-Hanford was an area where levels worsened and has the dubious title as the most-polluted city for year-round particle pollution.

The report ranked Houston as the 12th worst for ozone pollution out of 228 metropolitan areas, the 16th worst city for year-round particle pollution out of 186 metropolitan areas and the 49th worst for 24-hour particle pollution. 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. However, the number of bad air days went up in 2016, with 116 days failing to meet the federal health standard for ozone, according to state data. They are considered the most harmful form of air pollution because they are able to bypass the body's defenses and be inhaled into the lungs.

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.

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Ozone, also known as smog, is created when sunlight reacts with vehicle emissions and other sources. "We are seeing continued improvement in parts of the state, but there are too many areas where residents are breathing dirty air and we must work to reduce all sources of air pollution".

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