American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 Finds that Particle Pollution
Continues to Burden Montana Communities – and in Many Areas is Worsening –
Putting the Health of Too Many Children at Risk
Deviating from national trends of improvement in air quality in 2012-2014, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air report (www.StateOfTheAir.org) finds that areas of Montana continue to record high levels of short-term particle pollution, with four counties (Lewis & Clark, Missoula, Ravalli, and Silver Bow) receiving failing grades, several counties experiencing worsened air quality, and one city – Missoula – suffering its highest weighted average number of days with unhealthy particle pollution since the report began.
Continuing drought and heat are contributing to increased particle pollution, and climate change is posing a special challenge when it comes to air quality and making it harder to clean up particle pollution and protect child health.
All Montana counties received a passing grade for year-round (annual average) particle pollution, and ozone pollution levels continue to be positive across the state, with zero unhealthy ozone days reported.
The Lung Association in Montana calls on state leaders to adopt protective Montana-based clean energy solutions that reduce the carbon pollution that worsens climate change and harms health, particularly vulnerable populations such as children. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.