American Lung Association says Grand Rapids air quality worsening
Patrick Center May 1, 2014 | WGVU “For Grand Rapids you actually had much worse ozone.”
Janice Nolen oversees the American Lung Association’s National Policy and the State of the Air report.
“So the country saw a lot more ozone days, or higher levels of ozone, and Grand Rapids was one of them. That moved Grand Rapids up to being ranked 30th most polluted for ozone in the nation. Last year it had been tied for 56th and that’s out of about 220 cities so that’s pretty high on the list.”
Worse than Detroit but nowhere near the air pollution registered in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
While the report card indicates the nation’s overall air quality improving, nearly half of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution causing lung cancer and other health problems.
“The air is blowing in to Michigan from places that are outside of Michigan.”
Nolen admits West Michigan’s air quality grade isn’t exactly fair.
“This week we won an important battle at the Supreme Court that recognized that and the EPA is going to be able to require reductions in pollution from power plants that are far away. That are not being good neighbors that are blowing pollution straight in to Michigan and so this tool will help us to reduce it as well. We’ve got to keep fighting. It’s a long process but we have made progress and we need to continue to do that to protect health and to save lives.”
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