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Metro Areas Rank High For Particle Pollution
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Michael Hooper
Reported: Apr. 25, 2012 11:35 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 2:28 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The American Lung Association says seven metropolitan areas in West Virginia are among the 25 worst in the country for year-round particle pollution.
The association's annual State of the Air report released Wednesday ranks the Weirton-Steubenville, Ohio, metro area 12th worst for year-round particle pollution.
Charleston is tied for 17th with the Dayton, Ohio, and Columbus, Ga., metro areas.
Wheeling is tied for 20th with the Parkersburg-Marietta, Ohio, and Huntington-Ashland, Ky. metro areas.
The Fairmont-Clarksburg and Martinsburg-Hagerstown, Md., metro areas are tied for 24th.
The Beckley-Oak Hill metro area is among the nation's cleanest for 24-hour particle pollution, ranking 13th.
The association also examined ozone in several West Virginia counties.
Greenbrier County received the highest grade, an A. The lowest grade, a D, went to Hancock County.
The American Lung Association's State of the Air report is available online at StateOfTheAir.com
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