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Report: Charleston area air quality improving

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The American Lung Association has removed the Charleston area from its list of the 25 worst U.S. metropolitan areas for year-round particle pollution.

The association's annual State of the Air report released Wednesday shows the five-county area's short-term particle pollution levels dropped significantly since the 2012 report. The Charleston area ranked 17th worst in the nation last year for year-round particle pollution.

The association also examined ozone levels. It found that Kanawha County had a total of eight days of high ozone levels, three more than in the previous report.

But American Lung Association Mid-Atlantic CEO Deb Brown says Charleston's area quality is cleaner than when the first State of the Air report was released 14 years ago.

 


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