Concerned about the air quality in your area? See how a few cities stacked up on the (ALA) American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2012 rankings. For the survey, the ALA examined 3 pollution categories- ozone, short-term, and long-term particulate matter pollution.
Santa Fe, NM came out on top in all 3 categories, likely due to a lack of dirty industry. According to the city’s Air Quality Bureau chief, Richard Goodyear, “the closest power plant is about 200 miles away.” New Mexico is also known for having emission standards that are higher than those of the EPA.
Bismarck, ND’s flat terrain and prevailing westerly winds help to keep the air circulating and therefore pristine. Nearby power plants have also become more diligent about maintaining higher air quality standards. Many have added new features such as, scrubbers and bag houses, which help remove particles from smoke.
Thanks to Lake Superior, Duluth, MN’s air quality remains excellent. The fact that there is no heavy industry here certainly helps. MN can also be credited for implementing statewide incentive programs to promote better air quality.
Honolulu, HI is committed to keeping its air quality well above average. Its geographic location along with frequent light rain and showers, play a significant role in keeping Honolulu’s air fresh. The city’s mayor, Peter Carlisle is mindful that ongoing steps must be taken and noted,“We’re building a modern new rail system to help further reduce dependency on fossil fuels.”