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How good is our air in Mahoning and Trumbull?

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published April 30, 2009

There’s a neat report put out by the American Lung Association that breaks down the air quality in places throughout the country, including our area.

I just scanned the report, and I'll come back to it later. But I'll share it quickly.

For America overall, the study found:

• 61.7 percent of the U.S. population lives in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.  

• 58 percent of us live in areas with unhealthful levels of ozone.   

How about Mahoning and Trumbull counties? (Sorry, Columbiana, you’re not on the list.)

For ozone exposure, both Mahoning and Trumbull got failing scores.

Mahoning had 24 unhealthy air days, while Trumbull had 46 days of unhealthy air.

Two of the 25 most-polluted short-term counties are in our region — Allegheny County, Pa. (Pittsburgh) and Washington County, Pa. (Washington/Canonsburg to the south of Pittsburgh)

Read the whole report here.

Please pick it apart and share your thoughts here.



1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm more concerned by what's 'on the air' then what's in it. Lame media = lame democracy.Today I heard two talk show hosts discuss how the media is obsessing with the swine flu story, yet they spent the day doing just that. Yawn.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

There is lots of hot air blowing around from our politicians who would tax us to the extreme. They equate total poverty with good health. Soon they will tax us on carbon dioxide emissions from breathing.

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3paulydel(1607 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

This is just so the politicians can pass the carbon tax onto us. Iknow one thing any politician that votes for any tax will loose a vote from me because I'm tired of paying more and more taxes there is no reason for it except to line the politcians pockets.

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4ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

This will be used as an excuse to implement E-check in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. That of course is government's answer to everything, to pile on another fee or tax.

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