Associated Press - NYC Air Study: High Traffic Areas Most Polluted

(December 15, 2009)

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SARA KUGLER
Published: Dec 15, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is studying its air quality and the first findings show the highest levels of pollution in neighborhoods with more traffic.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is collecting air samples at 150 locations throughout the city, for two weeks during each of the four seasons. Monitors attached to light polls take the samples.

The first results from last December through March 2009 show wintertime pollution levels were highest in Manhattan and other high-traffic areas.

The survey shows there is also more pollution in neighborhoods with a greater concentration of buildings that have oil-burning boilers.

The American Lung Association says the survey will play an important role in identifying pollution sources and finding solutions to better air quality.

Results from other seasons will be released later.