Counties Ranked For Ozone, Particle Pollution

CHICAGO (WBBM) — There is good news and bad news in the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report card.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, the study says more than half of Americans live in areas with levels of ozone or particle pollution that is often dangerous to breathe.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

But, says expert Daniel DeNoon, the situation is getting better.

“A lot of the cities that were among the most polluted cities had their best years ever in terms of air pollution,” DeNoon said.

Here is how the Chicago area fared:

• Cook County gets failing grades in both ozone and particle pollution.

• DuPage get a B for ozone and a C for particle pollution.

• Kane county gets Cs for both categories.

• Lake County gets a D for ozone, and an A for particle pollution.

• McHenry County gets B’s for both categorie.s

• Will County is best in terms of ozone, scoring an A. It gets a C for particle pollution.

  • J

    There are alot of kids in the city with breathing problems and on inhalers isnt there something we can do to help? I recently bought a hybrid its quiet and no fumes. The bussing systems has the worst odor its horrible.

  • GOB

    Move to the collar counties, they are more green than Chicago and Cook County. You can’t be green if every square inch is paved!

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