WHEC-TV Channel 10 Rochester: Monroe County gets an "F" in air quality from experts

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Posted at: 04/27/2011 5:45 PM

By: Pat McGonigle | WHEC.com


Monroe County is one of four counties in Western New York to get a failing grade in the newest report from the American Lung Association for air quality.

The Lung Association tracks communities for "high ozone days" and overall "particle pollution".

Rochester had 13 days designated as "high ozone days" last year.

It's an issue that hits home with Connie Moore in Pittsford. Her 11-year-old daughter Sarah suffers from asthma and is forced to stay inside on high ozone days. Sarah Moore loves exploring in the woods behind their home on the Erie Canal and feels like she's missing out when she's stuck inside.

Connie Moore feels like days and weeks of her daughter's childhood are being taken away.

"The F just isn't acceptable for us," Connie Moore said.

Ross Lanzafame is the Speaker of the National Assembly for the American Lung Association. He says a lot of the pollution in the Rochester area comes from out of state.

"Some of the ozone and some of the particulate is homegrown and we're responsible for it," Lanzafame explained. "But a good portion of it comes from plants in the midwest and pollution that is carried in the air up the Ohio Valley to us."

Many of the ways to fight air pollution are tips you've heard before.

Drive less, cut down on emissions, carpool and avoid burning wood and leaves if you can.

There are also several ways to get active on the issue.

You can click here to get involved with the Lung Action Network.

You can sign up for the Fight for Air Walk in Rochester.

And, you can plug in your zip code to see the air pollution grade in your community