Wisconsin Air Quality Improved, but Grades Get Worse, Finds 2016 ‘State of the Air’ Report | American Lung Association

Wisconsin Air Quality Improved, but Grades Get Worse, Finds 2016 ‘State of the Air’ Report

Despite continued improvement in air quality, local residents remain at risk from health effects of unhealthy air, according to new report from the American Lung Association

Editor’s Note: Trend charts and rankings for metropolitan areas and county grades are available at www.stateoftheair.org

(April 20, 2016) - WI

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The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air” report found that while o

The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air” report found that while overall air quality has improved, new ozone standards recently announced by the EPA mean that even greater numbers of people are still being affected by air pollution in an unhealthy way.

Each year the “State of the Air” reports on the two most widespread outdoor air pollutants, ozone pollution and particle pollution. The report analyzes particle pollution in two ways: through average annual particle pollution levels and short-term spikes in particle pollution. Both ozone and particle pollution are dangerous to public health and can be lethal.

Ozone

Nationwide, ozone pollution has decreased because the nation has cleaned up major sources of the emissions that create ozone, especially coal-fired power plants and vehicles. However, the new EPA standard of 70ppb (down from 75ppb) demonstrate the people in Wisconsin are still being exposed to dangerous levels of ozone. Due to the new standard, no Wisconsin city made the list of cleanest cities for ozone, unlike previous years.

“Ozone is harmful to public health and especially children, older adults and those with asthma and other lung diseases, said Linda Witucki, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

“When people with lung disease breathe ozone-polluted air, too often they end up in the doctor’s office, the hospital or the emergency room.”

Particle Pollution

Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes.

Increased heat, changes in weather patterns, diesel exhaust, drought and wildfires can all contribute to the formation of particle pollution.  La Crosse/Onalaska and Eau Claire/Menomonie were the only Wisconsin areas to make the report’s lists of cleanest cities with 0 unhealthy days for short-term (24 hour) particle pollution.

verall air quality has improved, new ozone standards recently announced by the EPA mean that even greater numbers of people are still being affected by air pollution in an unhealthy way.

Each year the “State of the Air” reports on the two most widespread outdoor air pollutants, ozone pollution and particle pollution. The report analyzes particle pollution in two ways: through average annual particle pollution levels and short-term spikes in particle pollution. Both ozone and particle pollution are dangerous to public health and can be lethal.

Ozone

Nationwide, ozone pollution has decreased because the nation has cleaned up major sources of the emissions that create ozone, especially coal-fired power plants and vehicles. However, the new EPA standard of 70ppb (down from 75ppb) demonstrate the people in Wisconsin are still being exposed to dangerous levels of ozone. Due to the new standard, no Wisconsin city made the list of cleanest cities for ozone, unlike previous years.

“Ozone is harmful to public health and especially children, older adults and those with asthma and other lung diseases, said Linda Witucki, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

“When people with lung disease breathe ozone-polluted air, too often they end up in the doctor’s office, the hospital or the emergency room.”

Particle Pollution

Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes.

Increased heat, changes in weather patterns, diesel exhaust, drought and wildfires can all contribute to the formation of particle pollution.  La Crosse/Onalaska and Eau Claire/Menomonie were the only Wisconsin areas to make the report’s lists of cleanest cities with 0 unhealthy days for short-term (24 hour) particle pollution.


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