Air Pollution continues to Reduce, Problem remains a Problem

A new report released today by the American Lung Association gets out of fine particle pollution, or the soot, constantly improving throughout West Virginia, but smog pollution is always a challenge.

The 20th annual report of the American Lung Association's “State of the Air” analyzed air quality data collected by federal, state and local air monitoring devices between 2015 and 2017, the most recent data available. Data is collected in 10 of 55 West Virginia counties.

According to the 2019 Lung Society report, fine particle pollution continued to improve throughout the state. Each county received a grade “A”.

Soot pollution is eliminated from sources such as exhaust pipes or industrial plants. The dust is fine, microscopic is sometimes small enough to pass straight into the blood streams through the lungs. Not only can respiratory health problems be exacerbated, but the pollution of fine particles is also linked to heart problems.

Cabell and Kanawha counties had unhealthy long-term spent days in particle pollution for at least the fifth consecutive year, and were listed among the cleanest soils pollution counties. Classify the worst 89 area in the country.

However, it was a different story about ozone pollution. Ozone is a powerful lung irritant that contributes to asthma attacks and has a negative effect on those with other lung diseases. The new report showed that high levels of unhealthy ozone at West Víignia counties as last year's report.

Cabell, Kanawha, Ohio and Wood counties achieved all “C” grades and received four or more days with unhealthy ozone levels.

The American Lung Association said that a warming climate could help explain the intensification of unhealthy ozone pollution levels. Ozone levels in most cities throughout the country increased during the three-year period, some of the warmest records.

The report also highlighted the roll-back of a set of federal environmental laws – from methane standards to oil and gas wells to car pollution standards – which could have a negative impact on air quality.

Nationally, the report found that ozone pollution and short-term pollution had deteriorated in many cities. More than four out of ten Americans, or about 43 per cent of the population, live in counties that have monitored ozone pollution and / or unhealthy particles.


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