DC Among Most Air-Polluted U.S. Cities

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The American Lung Association is out with its annual Air Quality Report Card and, suffice it to stay, the D.C. area may need to stay after class.

The entire Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia, is number 9 on the ALA’s top 10 list of the most ozone-polluted cities.

D.C. is the only East Coast area in the top 10, in fact, coming in behind cities in California, Texas and Nevada. The New York City metro area, number 17 on the list, is the first East Coast locale to appear after D.C. on the list.

In total, about 131.8 million people in the United States live in areas that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution, the report says. That equates to about 42 percent of the country’s population.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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