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NY findings mixed in annual 'State of the Air' report

Apr 27, 2020 5:30 am
Cloey Callahan is reporting for The Legislative Gazette the American Lung Association's 2020 State of the Air report was released April 21 and provided mixed rankings for high ozone days and particle pollution statewide. According to the findings, the New York City metro area recorded the fewest bad ozone days and had the lowest ranking yet for pollution. Despite that change, New York, Queens and Westchester all received an F grade for high ozone days. The New York City metro area landed in 12th place for the worst polluted ozone. The Albany-Schenectady area is tied for 106th most polluted for ozone, a slightly better ranking than last year’s 99th, with largely unchanged levels of ozone. “New York State is a mixed bag for ozone, with some areas improving, and others worsening,”  said ALA National Assistant Vice President for State Public Policy, Michael Seilback. “These grades and rankings should serve as a reminder that while air quality has greatly improved in the last 50 years, New York’s air quality is still among the worst in the nation, and there is a lot of work to do.” On the other hand, New York state particle pollution is lower than it was in the past, thanks to the “cleanup of coal-fired power plants and the retirement of old, dirty diesel engines,” Seilback said. Read the full story in The Legislative Gazette.
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