Lung group rates ozone here as 5th worst in U.S.

(April 28, 2011)


April 28, 2011

In its annual "State of the Air" report released today, the American Lung Association ranks Sacramento as the fifth-worst metropolitan area in the country for ozone pollution during the 2007-09 period. The area is tied for 11th worst for short-term particle pollution during the same three-year span.

Bonnie Holmes-Gen, senior policy director of the American Lung Association in California, noted the local region is improving due to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and wood burned in fireplaces.

The number of unhealthy air days for ozone pollution in the Sacramento area was 42.3 days during the three years ending in 2009, the report said.

For short-term particle pollution during that time, the average number of unhealthy days for high particle pollution was 13.2. In addition to Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties received failing marks for ozone pollution.