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Do you live in one of the nation’s most polluted cities?

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Do you live in one of the nation’s most polluted cities?

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Each year the American Lung Association issues its “State of the Air” report that includes a dubious list of the nation’s most polluted cities. Using official data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Lung Association grades areas based both on ozone and particle pollution. For particle pollution, they rank separately the areas with high year-round levels and those with high short-term levels (24 hours). Cities are ranked based on the number of days they exceeded the EPA’s standards for ozone and particulate pollution.

We can already see the air quality degrading here in Salt Lake City as the inversion sets in and we made the list in the short-term particle pollution category. How is the air quality in your city? Check out the rankings from the 2016 report:

Top 10 Most Polluted by Short-Term Particle Pollution

  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Fresno-Madera, CA
  3. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  4. Modesto-Merced, CA
  5. Fairbanks, AK
  6. Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT
  7. Logan, UT-ID
  8. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  9. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  10. Missoula, MT

Top 10 Most Polluted by Year-Round Particle Pollution

  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  3. Fresno-Madera, CA
  4. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  5. El Centro, CA
  6. Modesto-Merced, CA and San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  7. Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV
  8. Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA
  9. Louisville/Jefferson Country-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN

Top 10 Most Ozone-Polluted Cities

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  2. Bakersfield, CA
  3. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  4. Fresno-Madera, CA
  5. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Sacramento-Roseville, CA
  7. Modesto-Merced, CA
  8. Denver-Aurora, CO
  9. Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ
  10. Fort Collins, CO

You can check out the full report HERE

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