How’s the Air Where You Live?
Cause where I live, it’s … terrible!
The American Lung Association just released its 2009 State of the Air report, which assesses the air quality across the country in terms of ozone, short-term particle pollution and year-round particle pollution. Fargo, N.D. comes out on top — it’s the only city to be among the cleanest in all three categories. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Bakersfield, Calif., vie for the “most polluted” title.
The report also grades the nation’s air quality on a county-by-county basis. Here in Washington, D.C., it’s an ‘F’ for ozone, and an ‘F’ for particle pollution.
How does your county stack up? Take a look at the charts. (And be forewarned that more than 60 percent of Americans live in counties with unhealthful levels of at least one type of pollutant.)