Posted in Ecological Collapse, Local Iowa, Political, Sustainable Tech on 02/26/2010 08:29 am by Gare
American Lung Association
State of the Air 2009 Report
For Particle Pollution:
Johnson County Gets an F with 11 Orange Days (Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations)
Linn County Gets an F rating with 10 Orange Days
What you can do
Individual citizens can do a great deal to help reduce air pollution outdoors as well. Simple but effective ways include:
- Drive less. Combine trips, walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, and use buses, subways or other alternatives to driving. Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution. Support community plans that provide ways to get around that don’t require a car, such as more sidewalks, bike trails and transit systems.
- Don’t burn wood or trash. Burning firewood and trash are among the largest sources of particles in many parts of the country. If you must use a fireplace or stove for heat, convert your woodstoves to natural gas, which has far fewer polluting emissions. Compost and recycle as much as possible and dispose of other waste properly; don’t burn it. Support efforts in your community to ban outdoor burning of construction and yard wastes. Avoid the use of outdoor hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood boilers, which are often much more polluting than woodstoves.
- Make sure your local school system requires clean school buses, which includes replacing or retrofitting old school buses with filters and other equipment to reduce emissions. Make sure your local schools don’t idle their buses, a step that can immediately reduce the emissions.
- Get involved. Participate in your community’s review of its air pollution plans and support state and local efforts to clean up air pollution.
- Use less electricity. Turn out the lights and use energy-efficient appliances. Generating electricity is one of the biggest sources of pollution, particularly in the eastern United States.
- Send a message to decision makers. Send an email or fax to urge Congress to oppose measures that weaken the Clean Air Act.
Log on at www.LungUSA.org to see how easy that can be.
EPA SuperFund Cleanup Sites List – Locations in Iowa
The 25 Most Ozone-Polluted Regions from 2005 American Lung Association
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-
- Bakersfield, CA
- Fresno-Madera, CA
- Visalia-Porterville, CA
- Merced, CA
- Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
- New York-Newark-Bridgeport,
- Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
- Hanford-Corcoran, CA
- Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
- Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
- Modesto, CA
- Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
- Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH
- Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
- Buffalo-Niagara-Cattaraugus, NY
- Sheboygan, WI
- El Centro, CA
- Lancaster, PA
More to come.