Lung Association Report: Fayetteville Ranked one of Cleanest Cities

Report reveals Fayetteville metro area had no unhealthy air quality days for ozone or short-term particle pollution

This year’s “State of the Air” report from the American Lung Association named Fayetteville as one of the cleanest cities in two categories – ozone pollution and short-term particle pollution. See the full report at Lung.org/sota.

The Lung Association’s annual air quality “report card” tracks and grades Americans’ exposure to unhealthful levels of particle pollution (also known as soot) and ozone (smog) over a three-year period – this year’s report covers 2017-2019.

“This is fantastic news, because ozone and particle pollution can harm the health of all of our residents, but place our children, older adults and people living with lung disease particularly at risk,” said Shannon Baker, the director of advocacy for the Lung Association. “The area has seen a significant improvement in ozone pollution, especially since 2010-2012, when we had a weighted average of 7.8 unhealthy air quality days.”

Ozone Pollution in Fayetteville
Fayetteville experienced no unhealthy air quality days for ozone pollution during the years 2017-2019. The area was given an “A” grade for ozone pollution. 

Particle Pollution in Fayetteville
The “State of the Air” report found that year-round particle pollution levels in Fayetteville were within the national standards and received a “PASS” grade. The report also tracked short-term spikes in particle pollution, which can be extremely dangerous and even lethal. Fayetteville was ranked as one of the cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution, which means that there were no unhealthy air quality days for this pollutant.

The “State of the Air” report found that nationwide, more than 4 in 10 people (135 million) lived with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. The report also shows that people of color were 61% more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air than white people, and three times more likely to live in a county that failed all three air quality grades. The report also finds that climate change made air quality worse and harder to clean up.

The report analyzes particle pollution in two ways: average annual levels and short-term spikes. Both ozone and particle pollution can cause premature death and other serious health effects such as asthma attacks and cardiovascular damage and are linked to developmental and reproductive harm. Particle pollution can also cause lung cancer.

Learn more about “State of the Air” at Lung.org/sota and sign the petition for the Biden Administration to promote clean air, a safe climate and environmental justice. Media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, clean air and threats to air quality can contact Jill Dale at [email protected] or at 312-940-7001. 

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