Wednesday, April 29, 2009

State of the Air

The American Lung Association recently released its annual 'State of the Air' report which looks at ozone quality, particle pollution, and groups at risk. Apparently the grades are based on the number of orange, red, and purple days which measure the healthiness (or in this case unhealthiness) of the air.

According to the report for Maine, Washington County has the best ozone quality with a 'C' grade and Hancock and York counties both share an 'F.' (Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Somerset counties didn't receive grades due to not having any data or maybe they don't have air there.) All of Maine struggled with the High Ozone Days but did very well in respect to particle pollution.

Here in Cumberland County, our ozone air got a solid 'D' and our particle pollution grade was an 'A.' Here is the summary: