Houston fails air quality test *cough cough*
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Are your lungs burning today? Assuming you’ve quit that college pack-a-day habit, it could be because of our city’s increasingly poor air quality. The American Lung Association gave Houston an ‘F’ in ozone pollution and a ‘C’ in particle pollution.
From a Houston Business Journal article:
“These air quality grades show a particularly troubling trend for the region,” Bernth said. “In the Houston area, we certainly still have a long way to go to have air that is safe for everyone to breathe. Science clearly shows that air pollution is dangerous-even deadly-at levels we once thought were safe.”
Houston was not the only Texas city to receive a failing grade. Dallas and San Antonio also received “F”s for ozone pollution, while Austin received a “D.” Dallas also got a “D” in particle pollution, while Austin and San Antonio were not ranked.