The State of the Air? It Depends on Your State


Undated government photo of coal miners

Just what Michigan needs, another kick in the teeth. Or the lungs, in this case.

The annual State of the Air report has been released by the American Lung Association. It uses government data to grade the air in states and counties, based on reported emissions.

This is one of those resources that everyone can use. But you might not like what you find.

Michigan, which already suffers from high unemployment and domestic automaker layoffs, also holds some dubious ranks in the latest State of the Air report.

Not a single Michigan location made the Cleanest Cities list.

Wayne County, Michigan, came in at No. 11 for the worst short-term particulate pollution.

The Detroit/Warren/Flint area of Michigan came in at No. 8 for the worst long-term particulate pollution.

Particulates, or soot, come from sources like coal-fired power plants and automobiles. They’re bad because they can be inhaled deep into the lungs, cause respiratory problems and shorten lives. The report also looked at ozone, which can burn the inside of your lungs.

The State of the Air report allows folks to search by state or ZIP code for information on their particular community.

For more, keep an eye on air quality reports put out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can sign up for e-mail alerts, among other things.

5 Responses to “The State of the Air? It Depends on Your State”

  1. Wow, that’s a little scary. I did not realize that the American Lung Assoc performed this function. This is a great reference link I will use.

    It makes it much more real when you are looking at full statistics in your own backyard.


  2. It was also found that the air over New York and New Jersey is none too healthy either.

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