D.C. Worse for Smog Than Anywhere but Cali

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:31 AM EDT
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If California was excluded, they would have tied for first in the Environment America report.

Melissa Mollet

If California was excluded, they would have tied for first in the Environment America report.

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Already known for some of the worst traffic in the country, D.C.’s also among the smoggiest places to be.

Environment America reported today that D.C. ranks sixth in the nation in terms of air pollution. The group also said that ozone levels exceeded federal standards 33 days last year.

If California had been excluded, D.C. would have been first.

Environment America believes that on days with high smog levels children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems suffer the most. They want President Barack Obama to protect the health of America’s children and seniors immediately by putting tougher standards in place. 

The Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., area topped the rankings with 110 days of ozone levels beyond federal standards and was followed by four other areas in the state. Baltimore tied with D.C. at six.

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