Colorado Air Pollution

By Idelle, May 1, 2008

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Below is an article from the Rocky Mountain News – apparently we have the least air pollution, at least in comparison to other areas such as Los Angeles. I’m glad that we’re not as bad as LA yet, although that isn’t saying much. Hopefully people will start driving less (ride bikes or walk), start carpooling, and driving smaller, more efficient cars. Of course, automobiles are not the only contributor to the air pollution – other sources include coal power plants, and even residential wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves.

The good news is – according to the article: "Nationwide, ozone and particulates declined since 2000." Does that mean it blew into Canada?


Colorado soars in air rankings

Originally published on May 1, 2008
By Berny Morson, Rocky Mountain News
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Several Colorado cities and counties are among places with the least air pollution, the American Lung Association reported today.

Colorado Springs, Fort Collins (including Loveland) and Pueblo made lists of the lowest polluting cities in particulates and ozone.

Counties that made one or more of the lists for the least of those pollutants include Boulder, Delta, El Paso, Elbert, Gunnison, Montezuma, La Plata, Larimer, Pueblo and San Miguel.

No Colorado city or county made the lists of 25 most polluted areas.

Los Angeles and Pittsburgh topped the lists.

The report was compiled from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for 2004 through 2006.

Within Colorado, Denver had the highest level of particulates. But Denver’s average, based on the number of incidents, was 3.7 — far below catagory-leader Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) with an average of 62.

Jefferson County had Colorado’s worst ozone problem. But Jeffco’s average was 2.7 — small potatoes compared to the 90.3 average racked up by San Bernardino County, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Nationwide, ozone and particulates declined since 2000.

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