STATEWIDE – A new report shows that Maine gets a good grade when it comes to its air quality.
The American Lung Association’s 16th annual State Of The Air says Maine is experiencing less year-round and short-term particle pollution, or soot overall. But some areas are seeing worsening ozone pollution.
Bangor ranked as one of the top four cleanest cities in the US last year, but has dropped slightly, to a B this year. In southern Maine, York County saw it’s grade drop from a D to an F for ozone pollution.
Officials say ozone pollution,or smog, is created in the atmosphere when warm air and sunlight react with emissions from vehicles and other pollutants.
Now efforts are in place to change ozone standards to make them better than they are right now.
“People get alerted when the air quality gets above 75 parts per million, it really should be much lower than that. And this means that if it’s not lower, people think the air is clean but it really isn’t. They should be alerted. And sometimes there’s some years there’s three times as many unhealthy air days as you actually hear about.” Ed Miller Senior V.P. Public Policy, American Lung Assoc. Northeast
Miller says in addition to needing a better standard for ozone, a clean power plant rule needs to be implemented… Along with a stronger clean air act with more support from delegates.