South Dakota Air Fares Well in Annual Lung Association Report

April 28, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air Report released today gives South Dakota fairly good grades for outdoor air quality. For particulate pollution measured in a 24-hour period, the state scored all “B” grades, with the exception of one “A” in Brown County. For ozone pollution, the three counties given a grade were Jackson and Minnehaha Counties with an “A” grade and Custer County with a “B” grade for ozone.

Counties with air quality monitors included in the report were Brookings, Brown, Codington, Custer, Meade, Minnehaha and Pennington. Counties with no “air quality alert” warnings at unhealthy levels during the 2006-2008 data analyzed earned an “A” grade, 1-2 alerts scored a “B” grade. Any area that has 9 or more serious air quality alerts earns an “F” grade.

According to the report, the cleanest cities in the U.S. for air pollution are Fargo, ND and Lincoln, NE. The worst for ozone pollution was Los Angeles, CA; Bakersfield, CA and Phoenix, AZ scored the worst for particulate pollution. To see the entire report, go to www.stateoftheair.org.

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SOURCE American Lung Association in South Dakota

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