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New American Lung Association Report Finds 60 Percent of Americans Live in Areas Where Air is Dirty Enough to Endanger Lives
Date:4/29/2009

and strengthen the ozone standards to better protect our health. We also need to improve the decaying infrastructure of air monitors. America must now enforce the laws that help us improve our nation's air quality."

As America faces the challenges of air pollution, global warming and energy, the American Lung Association urges Congress, the EPA and individuals to choose solutions that help solve all three challenges together. Some steps that sound like good solutions for one problem can make air pollution worse.

Americans can make personal changes to improve air quality immediately and ultimately impact climate change as well: drive less; don't burn wood or trash; use less electricity; and make sure local school systems require clean school buses.

NATION'S CLEANEST CITIES

Cleanest U.S. Cities for Short-term Particle Pollution (24 Hour PM2.5)

*Cities below had equal scores.

Alexandria, La.

Amarillo, Texas

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

Bismarck, N.D.

Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, Texas

Cheyenne, Wyo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Corpus Christi-Kingsville, Texas

Fargo-Wahpeton, N.D.-Minn.

Farmington, N.M.

Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.

Grand Junction, Colo.

Longview-Marshall, Texas

Midland-Odessa, Texas

Oklahoma City-Shawnee, Okla.

Portland-Lewiston-South Portland, Maine

Pueblo, Colo.

Redding, Calif.

Salinas, Calif.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.

Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tucson, Ariz.

10 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Long-term Particle Pollution (Annual PM2.5)

*Cities listed in rank order. Duplicate position numbers indicate
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