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American Lung Association Report Gives South Dakota Good Marks For Air Quality

(April 18, 2018) -

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South Dakota earned generally good grades for air quality in the American Lung Association State of the Air Report issued today.  While two counties, Brookings and Minnehaha, slipped to a “B” grade for ozone from an “A” grade in last year’s report, the state earned mostly “A” or “B” marks.  The sole “C” for particulate pollution was in Union County. South Dakota operates air quality monitors in 10 counties, which measures two distinct types of air pollution: ground-level ozone and particulate pollution. The entire report can be found at www.StateOfTheAir.org

The State of the Air Report covers a three year period from 2014 to 2016, analyzing data collected at the state’s air quality monitors and later certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Grades are determined by the number of air quality alerts for ozone or particle pollution that occurred during those three years. 

“We can and should do more to save lives,” said Robert Moffitt, a spokesperson for the American Lung Association in South Dakota. “The Lung Association calls on our members of Congress to defend the Clean Air Act, currently under threat from those who want to weaken this effective public health law. We also call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement and enforce the law instead of trying to roll back major safeguards like the Clean Power Plan and cleaner cars, both steps that help us fight climate change and reduce air pollution.” 

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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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