Monday, August 04, 2008

Smog Watch '08: the painful news through July

Yes, air pollution is actually worse this year than last, at least so far. Here are some key statistics:


Total “exceedences” of new EPA smog standard (75 parts per billion) -- that is, the number of times state-run air pollution monitors recorded unhealthful air quality in July.

1852

STATES WITH SMOG PROBLEMS DURING JULY 2008 (37 plus the District of Columbia)


Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin

**

Total “exceedences” of new EPA smog standard (75 parts per billion) through July 2008

4229

STATES WITH SMOG PROBLEMS IN 2008 – THROUGH JULY (39 plus the District of Columbia)

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
**
A few factoids for purposes of comparison:

2007 STATS:

Total “exceedences” of old EPA standard through July 2007: 1471

Compared to 2008:

Total “exceedences” of old EPA standard through July 2008: 1563

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