Hot days last summer triggered high levels of smog pollution across the state, especially in Providence.
The city earned an F in this year’s State of the Air report, issued by the American Lung Association. Karina Holyoak Wood is the organization’s public policy director in Rhode Island. She said tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have chronic lung problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
“And nearly 700 Rhode Islanders are living with lung cancer," said Holyoak. "All of these people make up a large percent of our population and they are all seriously affected by air pollution.”
Providence and Washington counties earned an F, while Kent County earned a D. The lung association collects its data from air quality monitors that belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rhode Island has monitors in only three out of its five counties.
Holyoak Wood said the report is meant to let people know about the state’s air quality and urge lawmakers to strengthen outdated air quality standards at the federal level.
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