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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

100 Million Americans Breath Bad Air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that 100 million Americans who lived in 243 counties in 22 states (almost all in the eastern third of the nation and in California) are breathing soot-filled air. This soot-filled air (or fine particle matter) annually causes 15,000 premature deaths, 95,000 cases of chronic or acute bronchitis, and thousands of hospital admissions because of respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses.

The largest clusters of counties with high levels of sooty air were along the urban corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C., eastern Tennessee, in the Ohio River Valley region and counties surrounding the urban centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta.

EPA Blames Soot for Unhealthful Air [ABC News]
EPA, States Working to Protect Public Health Through Fine Particle Standard [EPA]

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