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US air pollution black spots shown

27 April 2012 09:22

Those with asthma face unhealthy air in parts of the US

Those with asthma face unhealthy air in parts of the US

People with asthma visiting parts of the US face unhealthy air pollution, according to a report by the American Lung Association (ALA).

It says even though progress has been made, air quality standards are still outdated in many areas - a call which reminds people suffering from asthma to take out pre-existing medical insurance before visiting affected areas.

The ALA's State Of The Air report gives Northampton County in Pennsylvania an ''F'' for its worsening short and long-term particle pollution. The findings also showed that the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metro area is among the nation's 35 most polluted cities for ozone and year-round particle pollution.

Deb Brown, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, said: ''State Of The Air shows that we're making steady progress in cutting dangerous pollution from the air as a result of clean-up efforts required under the Clean Air Act.'

"But millions of Americans across the country, including residents of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metro area, are still forced to breathe unhealthy levels of air pollution as a result of air quality standards that are outdated."