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Apr 29, 2010 12:37 PM by Sharlee Jacobs

Best and Worst Air Quality in the U.S.

  The U.S. areas with the best and worst air quality, according to
the latest American Lung Association "State of the Air" pollution
report:
     
OZONE POLLUTION
      WORST:
      1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.
      2. Bakersfield, Calif.
      3. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
      BEST:
      1. Bismarck, N.D.
      2. Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, Texas
      3. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
     
SHORT-TERM PARTICLE POLLUTION
      WORST:
      1. Bakersfield, Calif.
      2. Fresno-Madera, Calif.
      3. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa.
      BEST:
      1. Alexandria, La.
      2. Amarillo, Texas
      3. Athens-Clarke, Ga.
     
LONG-TERM PARTICLE POLLUTION
      WORST:
      1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
      2. Bakersfield, Calif.
      3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.
      BEST:
      1. Cheyenne, Wyo.
      2. Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.
      3. Honolulu
     
OZONE POLLUTION/SHORT-TERM PARTICLE POLLUTION
      Fargo, N.D., Wahpeton, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb., were rated as
the cleanest.

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