Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Clean Air Watch Smog Watch Survey: Dirty air this year in 40 states, plus DC

The Clean Air Watch Smog Watch Survey has found that no fewer than 40 states plus the District of Columbia have recorded unhealthful levels of smog (technically ozone) this year, through June.

That compares to 35 states plus DC in 2009. See the list of states below.

The survey, conducted by Clean Air Watch volunteers, is based on information taken from state-run web sites. It is the only contemporaneous nationwide snapshot of dirty air in America.

Overall, 2010 has seen almost the same number of overall smog days (the total number of recorded readings of unhealthful air at monitors) as in 2009 -- 1,146 compared to 1,122 last year.

It should be pointed out that these numbers understate the actual extent of the ozone problem. These only count monitors with ozone levels at or worse than 75 parts per billion -- the standard set by EPA in 2008. EPA has proposed setting a tougher standard, based on recent science, and is on schedule to make that final by the end of August 2010.

SMOG 2010 SUMMARY – THROUGH JUNE, COMPARED TO 2009


STATES WITH RECORDED UNHEALTHFUL LEVELS OF OZONE


2010 (40, plus DC)

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
DC
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


2009 (35 plus DC)

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
DC
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin


TOTAL SMOG DAYS


2010

1,146

2009

1,122

No comments: