American Lung Association gives Dayton F in air quality

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)  The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2014 shows the Dayton area is improving in some areas, but fails from 2010 to 2012.

Montgomery, Clark and Greene counties received Fs while Miami County recorded a D.

John A. Paul with the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency says the Dayton area is in compliance with all of the EPA’s guidelines.

“The American Lung Association looks at air quality levels that are of concern for sensitive groups.  So, even if your air quality the national air quality ambient standard you can still have days of concern for sensitive groups,” Paul says.

Paul also says that 2012 was a bad year for ozone.  Levels have been dropping and in fact for 2013 are down.

On a quiet day in Dayton, there are no visible signs of air quality problems. But, the American Lung Association gave Fs to Montgomery, Clark and Greene counties for unhealthy levels of ozone.

The grades are based on the number of days when the air quality index is unhealthy for sensitive groups which are those who have breathing problems.

“If you have a number of days where air quality is of concern for sensitive groups then they will grade you accordingly it’s pretty easy to get away from an A B or C,” John A Paul from RAPCA said.

John Paul with the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency says Dayton meets the standards set by the EPA.

The American Lung Association report covers 2010 to 2012. 2012 was a really bad year for ozone.  Conditions have greatly improved though over the last year.

Paul says, “In 2013, we only measured one exceed of the ozone standard and that was in September and normally our high ozone is August or July.”

Weather plays a large role in high ozone.  Hot days and a stagnant air mass means higher ozone.

Air quality for particulate matter that comes from cars and power plants is actually good. The American Lung Association handed out passing grades for particle pollution.

Paul says there are 17 monitors across the Dayton area and one is located along the Indiana Ohio state line. This monitor shows air quality coming into the area is failing on the American Lung Association scale too.

 

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