The American Lung Association issued its Annual State of the Air Report this week. The report looks at levels of ozone and particle pollution found in monitoring sites across the United States in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Key National Findings:
- More than 175 million people (around 58%) in the nation suffer from pollution levels that exceed health-based federal standards.
- While air quality is improving in many cities, unhealthy air remains a threat to the lives and health of millions of people in the United States.
- People who have low incomes face higher risk of harm from air pollution.
- Houston is the 7th most ozone-polluted city in the country.
- 21 of the 36 Texas counties studied in the report received an F for having too many high ozone days.
- Harris County, home to almost four million people, had 77 orange ozone days (unhealthy for sensitive populations), 16 red ozone days (unhealthy for the general population), and three purple ozone days (very unhealthy for the general population). Read More