The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2012 report, released yesterday, ranked Fairfield county one of the nation’s 25 most polluted counties as measured for ozone pollution, ranked at number 24.
Although, some air quality improvements have occurred, with 35 orange days (unhealthy for sensitive groups) down from 43 when compared to last year’s report, and 4 red days (unhealthy) down from last year’s 7, more needs to be done to protect Connecticut residents.
For particle pollution, Fairfield remained at a C in this year’s report for short-term levels with five orange days, down from the six recorded last year.
The county’s annual level also improved slightly. Additionally, the New York-Newark-Bridgeport metro area ranked 15th most polluted in the nation in the 2012 report. While significant progress continues to be made in cleaning up air pollution across the state, far too many Connecticut residents still breathe unhealthy air.