Lung Association Flunks El Paso

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 5:32am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 8:52am

El Paso - The American Lung Association has flunked El Paso in its State of the Air 2010 report.

It says El Pasoans breathe air that is too often dangerous—a public health issue that impacts even healthy, vibrant individuals as well as those most at risk—children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart and lung disease.

"We are calling for additional funding to install equipment to clean up the 20 million dirty diesel vehicles currently on the road polluting U.S. cities like El Paso every day,” said Sara Dreiling, Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association.

El Paso County scored a D for short-term particle pollution and an F for ozone, or smog, the most widespread air pollutant.

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Good luck on cleaning up the air when El Paso has a neighboring city with no air quality standards. Additionally, we get commuters who operate vehicles that aren't subject to TX emission standards. Finally, what are they going to do with the tractor trailers that come over the bridges and drive over our roads every day?

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