- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The American Lung Association has listen Lane County’s air quality as among the worst in the nation due to pollution from summer forest fires and winter woodstoves.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/6dS48z ) that the group listed Lane County as 21 on the list of worst metropolitan areas for short-term particulate pollution, such as smoky air that lasts 24 hours or less. The county had 16 days in 2012-14 when particulate air pollution was rated unhealthy for sensitive groups, earning the county an “F” from the organization.

Lane County received an “A” for ozone pollution, having no days when ozone exceeded federal limits, and a “pass” rating for overall annual particulate pollution.

Lane County air pollution officials say the association uses measures that don’t work well for such large and varied areas as the county.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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