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Wake County ozone fails clean air test

Posted April 25, 2012
Updated April 26, 2012

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— A report issued Wednesday by the American Lung Association gave a failing grade to air quality in Wake County. Cumberland and Durham counties earned just a "C," for the number of high ozone days, and only one North Carolina county, Swain, got an A.

The lung association looked at ozone, short- and long-term pollution and the presence of chronic diseases like emphysema, asthma and diabetes to come up with grades for each county in the nation.

While particle pollution is relatively low in North Carolina, the presence of ozone dropped the grades for some of the more populous counties.

Ozone, an odorless, invisible gas, results when certain gases combine with heat and sunlight in the atmosphere.

Those who chose to enjoy Wednesday outdoors were not fazed by the news. Jessie Prater and her 3-year-old son were catching butterflies at Raleigh's Pullen Park. "I'm not alarmed at all," Prater said.

Zail Smith, a student on the campus of North Carolina State University, said, "I guess it's surprising. It tells me there's a lot of stuff I don't know, even though it's nice out." Raleigh residents: Air is fine Raleigh residents: Air is fine

"There's no bad smells or anything, nothing that I really notice," said fellow student Andrew Domanski.

Officials with the state Division of Air Quality said the report is instructive for the information it provides about trends over time.

Nationwide and in the Triangle, air quality is getting better overall. Even in big cities with the worst air, residents are breathing better than they have in the past.

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  • LambeauSouth Apr 27, 2012

    Welcome to the 21st century,along with progress comes pollution.

    muggs
    especially after removing all those pesky regulations, all in the name of higher profits,

  • LambeauSouth Apr 27, 2012

    Here we go, the Greenies will be trying to take something else from us, but its OK when they do it

    nowon_yuno
    regulations pfft smegulations

    who needs clean air, we need profits

  • mswayze Apr 26, 2012

    so when do we start seeing the 200 message on the evening news?
    when the sky turns brown?
    look at the horizon in the trees first thing in the morning- what color is it?

  • nowon_yuno Apr 26, 2012

    Here we go, the Greenies will be trying to take something else from us, but its OK when they do it

  • baracus Apr 26, 2012

    "SKY FALLING... it must be global warming... ummm, climate change. "

    nice strawman.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 25, 2012

    What do all those PHDS know anyway with their fancy science and education???

    (End sarcasm)

  • muggs Apr 25, 2012

    Welcome to the 21st century,along with progress comes pollution.

  • mep Apr 25, 2012

    SKY FALLING... it must be global warming... ummm, climate change.

    Maybe if a few people moved elsewhere?
    More nuclear power plants?
    Someone actually buy a Volt without a tax subsidy.

  • fatchanceson Apr 25, 2012

    What Blah said, plus.... all those chemtrails in the sky. What... you don't notice the checkerboard pattern trails in the sky!?!?? Google chemtrails to learn more and be prepared to be sickened...

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 25, 2012

    No where in the article is it stated what an A is, or an F for that matter. Is an F that bad, or is it an organization just trying to get attention? I am all for clean air, but like everything else there is a price to be paid if we act or if we don't. Before we commit massive resources, I want to know the price of inaction. Too many groups preach the dire consequences of inaction too get the attention (and money) they desire.

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