American Lung Association State of the Air: 2004 Report Ranks Cities and Counties Threatened by Dirty Air
American Lung Association Fights Roll-Backs of Clean Air Act That Would Increase Pollution
Quarter of All Americans Threatened by Dangerous Particle Pollution Levels
April 29, 2004
NEW YORK, N.Y.– High levels of microscopic, soot-like particles are increasing the risk of premature death for millions of people, including those with heart or lung disease, according to the American Lung Association State of the Air: 2004 report released today. The report, which provides county-by-county grades of ozone pollution and the first-ever county-by-county analysis of particle pollution, can be found by visiting http://www.lungusa.org.
Metropolitan Areas Most Polluted by Year-Round Particle Pollution(Annual PM2.5)
1. Los Angeles, California
2. Visalia-Porterville, California
3. Bakersfield, California
4. Fresno, California
5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6. Detroit, Michigan
7. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Cleveland, Ohio
9. Hanford, California
10. Birmingham, Alabama; and Cincinnati, Ohio.