Washington gets mixed grades for air quality

May 18, 2010

Washington’s air quality scored mixed grades for ozone and particle pollution in the 11th annual American Lung Association’s State of the Air report.

According to the report, Clallam and Clark counties are among the cleanest counties in the nation for ozone air pollution.

The report also shows that people in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are breathing dangerous levels of ozone or particle pollution, a public health issue that impacts even healthy individuals, as well as those most at risk, including children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions, like diabetes, heart and lung disease.

“‘State of the Air 2010’ proves with hard data that cleaning up air pollution produces healthier air,” said Astrid Berg, executive director of the American Lung Association in Washington. “We need to put that message to work, so that policies that can protect Washington residents from pollution can be put into effect.”

The State of the Air report is an annual, national air quality report card that assigns A-F grades to counties across the country, and ranks cities and counties most affected by the three most widespread types of pollution (ozone or smog, particle pollution or soot, and 24-hour particle pollution levels).

The 2010 report uses the most recent quality-assured air pollution data, collected in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The report also details trends for the 25 most polluted cities across the country. Grades for the 1,000 counties with air pollution monitors can be found by typing in a ZIP code here.

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Ozone pollution, caused by persistent heat this week, may create health risks

July 29, 2009

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 28, 2009

Persistent high temperatures are raising ozone pollution in the greater-Seattle area and increasing health risks for sensitive populations, including children, teens, the elderly, people living with COPD, asthma or other lung disease, and people who work outdoors.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced today that air quality is expected to reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” or orange category, for some locations in King County. The American Lung Association in Washington is asking residents to take precautions and limit their exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution.

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