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Valley Public Radio Staff
Wed April 30, 2014
Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report
A new report on air quality shows that many neighboorhoods in Fresno County and Bakersfield rank among the worst in the nation when it comes to pollution.
The American Lung Association released the findings of its annual “State of the Air” report today ranking the Fresno- Madera area as the nation’s worst based on exposure to chemicals and particulate matter.
Jaime Holt is the chief communications officer with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
"There's been significant improvement in the Valley, we want to recognize that, but it is still some of the worst air quality in the nation because of the topography, the meteorology and the geography of this bowl that we sit in," Holt says.
Along with the Fresno-Madera area, the Visalia-Porterville, Hanford area, the Modesto-Merced area and Bakersfield ranked among the first five worst for both ozone and particle pollution.
All counties in the San Joaquin Valley received failing grades for ozone.