Contrary to Connecticut's troubling grades on ozone, the "State of the Air" 2017 found continued low levels of year-round particle pollution (soot) levels in CT during 2013-2015, a likely results of ongoing steps under the Clean Air Act: cleaning up power plants and retiring old, dirty diesel engines.
Tri-Cities does well on latest State.
The American Lung Association has been conducting the annual report for almost 20 years.
According to Allen, several years of higher than normal winds led to a slight increase in the amount of particulate pollution in the air over a three year period and ultimately the failing grade from the American Lung Association.
Pollution caused by microscopic pieces of soot, smoke, dirt and dust continues to foul the air in Northeast Ohio, where a new report ranks the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area as one of the 25 most-polluted regions in the country.
But Charleston did not score a top spot among the cleanest cities for particle pollution, which emanates from wildfires, wood-burning devices, coal-fired power plants and diesel engines.
Ozone, meanwhile, forms when pollutants emitted by cars and other sources react with sunlight. "Everyone has a fundamental right to breathe healthy air".
In Trump's budget proposal, the agency's budget will be cut by 31% that would include weakening or eliminating the Clean Air Act, which, according to the report, it has been the most important tool in the fight for healthy air by driving emission reductions for more than 47 years. San Diego now ranks seventh among the nation's top 10 dirtiest cities for ozone pollution. Los Angeles remains the most polluted city for ozone, yet it's one of the six of the ten most ozone-polluted cities list that have reached their best levels yet.
Bakersfield tops the list for short-term particle pollution, and the neighboring cities of Visalia, Porterville and Hanford hold the top spot on the list of the cities with the nations worst year-round particle pollution.
Just a few days with pollution measuring above the federal Air Quality Index each year is enough to present a serious health risk, according to the report. "While we're thankful that fewer and fewer of those people live in Wisconsin, everyone deserves to breathe clean air, regardless of where they live".
California's soaring population, weather and topography are all factors that contribute to its air pollution, in a state where many people commute and live in valleys and basins where pollution tends to settle.
But ozone levels in the city were also the lowest they have been in the history of the "State of the Air" report.
"There are many, many sources of local air pollution that can be further strengthened through regulation", Weller said. According to the report, the city had 68.4 fewer high-ozone days than a year ago.
A new report on air quality in OH has some good and bad news for the Buckeye State.
"This year we'll be installing some fencing closer to the shoreline and closer to the camping area to try and capture the moving sand before it gets airborne", he said. Inhaling the polluted air may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and lung cancer.