Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Smog Watch 2006: Smog was up in June

Here are some details on smog episodes this summer across the U.S. These results are unofficial and are based on a survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers of public websites.States that have had monitored readings in 2005 above federal health standards include, in alphabetical order:

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
DC
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
MarylandMassachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

The survey found 1037 monitored exceedances of the 8-hr standard in June 2006, compared to about 950 in June 2005 and 329 in June 2004. (June 2004 was cooler and rainier in much of the nation, and the rain washed out much of the pollution.)

San Bernardino, California appears to have the most frequent smog problem so far in 2006 (28 days at one monitor). San Bernardino also has the dubious distinction of registering the single highest smog level though other very high levels have been registered in such places as Harris County in Texas and Dekalb County in Georgia.

Some notable "nature" spots with smog problems so far this year:

Yosemite National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Great Smokies National Park
Sequoia National Park
Pinnacles National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Botanical Gardens (Bronx, New York)
Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Wisconsin)
Baytown Wetlands Center (Texas)
Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Michigan)

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