2010 April 29: WV & OH (Marietta OH-Parkersburg WV): WTAP TV: COMMENTS on Marietta-Parkersburg Area 25th Most Polluted for Year-Round Particle Pollution‏

2010 April 29: WV & OH (Marietta OH-Parkersburg WV): WTAP TV: COMMENTS on Marietta-Parkersburg Area 25th Most Polluted for Year-Round Particle Pollution‏
 
 
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Posted by: jane Location: ritchie on Apr 29, 2010 at 08:55 AM

Why does this not surprise me? That’s why I live 30 miles east and pray its far enough.

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Posted by: dave Location: vienna on Apr 29, 2010 at 08:08 AM

vienna continues to allow pollution the first weekend of each month with open burning!

Report: Marietta-Parkersburg Area 25th Most Polluted for Year-Round Particle Pollution
WTAP News
A recent report ranks the Parkersburg-Marietta area as the 25th most polluted metro area in the country for year round particle pollution.

Reporter: Leslie Barrett
Email Address: leslie.barrett@wtap.com

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In the "State of the Air 2010" report the American Lung Association ranked the Parkersburg-Marietta area as the 25th most polluted metro area in the country for year round particle pollution, also known as soot.
Eric Fitch, Ph.D., an associate professor at Marietta College and director of the college’s environmental program said "We all know what happens when we breathe in smoke or we breathe in dust, our system combats it. We cough we sneeze we try to get rid of it but some of these particulates are so small that it makes it past all those defenses and lodges in our lungs."
Wood County got a "D" for short term particle pollution and a "pass" for annual levels.
For ozone or smog, Wood County got an "F" and was ranked as the second worst county in the state.
American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Scientist Kevin Stewart said people at risk of being affected by exposure are those with heart or lung diseases, children, older adults, people with diabetes and those living in poverty.
Stewart said "That might be something that cuts down on the amount of activity they can do in a day or even going so far as to sending people to the emergency room or doctor’s office or even in some cases we know that both of these pollutants can lead to premature death."
Some scientists said over the past decade progress has been made by cutting emissions from coal fired power plants and other measures but still they say more needs to be done.
The American Lung Association in West Virginia is urging U.S. Senators Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefellar to vote in support of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010 which will cut emission from coal-fired power plants.
According to the report you can also take steps to improve air quality such as driving less, not burning wood or trash, and using less electricity.

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